Wisconsin will begin a historic presidential recount next week and the state could risk losing its ability to have its 10 electoral votes counted if it doesn’t meet key deadlines next month.
Hitting a Dec. 13 deadline could be particularly tricky if Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein is able to force the recount to be conducted by hand, Wisconsin’s top election official said.
Stein and independent presidential candidate Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente separately filed recount requests late Friday, the last day they were able to do so. Stein received about 31,000 votes and De La Fuente about 1,500 out of 3 million cast.
One or both of them will have to pay for the recount because they lost by more than 0.25%. The cost could top $1 million.
Stein is also planning to ask for recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania, which have deadlines next week. She has raised $5 million for the recounts in recent days — more than she raised during her campaign leading up to the Nov. 8 election.
Wisconsin’s recount will likely begin late next week, once the state has tallied a cost estimate and received payment from Stein’s campaign, said Michael Haas, administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
First, what a sweet deal for Stein. She helps bleed off votes from the Democrats during the election and now she’s using the Democrats’ hysteria over a rigged election to bilk them out of millions. Well played, Jill… well played.
Second, where was all of this concern over voting machines and vote fraud before the election when the Democrats and the media were sure that Clinton was going to win? I seem to remember them chastising Republicans for having concerns about vote fraud, but now they are behaving like true believers. Situational ethics are pretty forgiving.
Third, I have no doubt that the result will be the same after the recount is done. And while it is a big PITA, at least some election workers will get some nice overtime right before Christmas.