What a colossal waste of time and money. And it’s all for purely political reasons. Nobody requesting a recount really cares about the integrity of our elections.
The $3.5 million figure is far more than previous estimates, and the state Elections Commission said in order for the recount to begin the amount must be paid in full in by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday by the campaigns of Stein, de la Fuente or a combination of both.
Also Monday, Stein’s campaign asked a Dane County judge to order that the recount of all ballots tallied by optical scan machines — which is how the vast majority of ballots in Wisconsin are counted — be conducted by hand after the commission rebuffed that request earlier in the day.