Wisconsin Election Officials OK Speedy Recount, Defend Tally

We must recount the votes so we can build trust in our election system,” Stein said in a statement. (Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Wisconsin Election Officials OK Speedy Recount, Defend Tally

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein answers questions during a press conference at the National Press Club August 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. That, and allegations that hackers threw the election, has had President-elect Donald Trump blasting away at the effort — dubbing it a scam, and firing off his own allegations of voter fraud in states Clinton won. Meanwhile, the former campaign counsel for Hillary Clinton announced over the weekend they would participate in the recount. Wisconsin Gov. I’ve never seen this kind of attack on poll workers, and how this system works,” Thomsen said. Scott Walker, a former Trump GOP primary opponent who later helped deliver the state for him, tweeted Monday, “We made it easy to vote, hard to cheat in WI elections. Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein answers questions during a press conference at the National Press Club August 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. 13, according to federal law. “Someone has the bully pulpit and somebody has impact on our citizens right to trust what happens down the block at the polling places and you know. Thomsen, a Democrat, fired back at Trump Monday and accused him of undermining the faith in American elections. Elections officials were adamant that a hack was all but impossible. Wisconsin elections administrator Mike Haas said that each machine is isolated from the internet and that any hacker would have to physically tamper with the equipment, one by one. 43.784440
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Green Party Files for Recount in Wisconsin Following Reports of Voting Discrepancies “After a presidential election tarnished by the use of outdated and unreliable machines and accusations of irregularities and hacks, people of all political persuasions are asking if our election results are reliable. “I don’t think we’ll find in this that our fellow citizens counted these votes (in)accurately — going to reassure — not counting illegal votes … We’re not counting dead people’s votes.”
The fight in Wisconsin is now likely to move to smaller venues throughout Wisconsin now as lawyers for Stein, Democrat Hillary Clinton and the Republican Party prepare to argue just how the votes are counted here in the next two weeks. Stein and the Green Party have been leading the fight for a recount here, in Wisconsin, and in Pennsylvania and Michigan. “To say we didn’t count them correctly the first time… that somehow illegal votes were counted… is really inappropriate,” Thomsen said. “We’ve said many times there are a number of reasons of why we are skeptical of claims that voting equipment is not working correctly or is being tampered with,” Haas said. The Wisconsin Elections Commission signed off on a breakneck pace that would have local officials coordinating the recount with them this week and starting the actual recount near the end of the week. He strongly defended the vote count. It appears unlikely that the recount in Wisconsin could overturn the results of the election — Clinton lost Wisconsin by more than 20,000 votes, according to the current tally. The Wisconsin commissioners also also said the recount could end up costing $1 million or more — a number that Stein had easily surpassed as of Monday morning, with $6.3 million raised so far. State officials must have their new tally completed by Dec. Stein announced Monday that her supporters also had filed a legal petition on behalf of 100 voters in Pennsylvania seeking a recount in that state. Citing those speed concerns, the panel shot down a request from former Green Party candidate Jill Stein that the ballots be counted by hand. Supporters of #Recount2016 were against our Voter ID initiatives.”
Stein and her supporters have cited the potential that the state’s voting machines may have been hacked in their request for the recount, although they have not cited any evidence that they were hacked. But the battle is likely to keep eyes trained on the narrow margins of victory Trump eked out just three weeks ago to win the White House. (Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Wisconsin election officials pledged Monday they would oversee a fast and fair recount of the presidential vote there, as they race to beat a federal deadline for getting it done, but they declined a request to conduct the new tally by hand. “If nothing else, this is going to give us a very good audit, it’s going to re-assure Wisconsin voters that we have a fair system, that we’re not counting illegal votes,” said Elections Commission chairman Mark Thomsen.