Jill Stein Submits Recount Petition to Wisconsin
Former Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein has filed a petition asking election officials in Wisconsin—which Republican Donald Trump took by a slim margin—to perform a recount of its election results, the state confirmed.
Stein filed the note about an hour before the afternoon filing deadline on Nov. 25. She said at a news conference they were filing the recount request after fundraising $1.1 million.
“The Commission has received the Stein and Del La Fuente recount petitions. Details and news release posted soon,” the state revealed on Twitter.
On Nov. 23, Stein announced she would demand recounts in three states: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan—all of which Trump narrowly won. She launched a fundraising campaign, which has raised $5 million.
The Commission has received the Stein and Del La Fuente recount petitions. Details and news release posted soon at https://t.co/N3TrlOIqE1.
— Wisconsin Elections (@WI_Elections) November 25, 2016
The effort, Stein said, is not to help Hillary Clinton’s campaign but to “ensure the integrity of our elections.” Clinton hasn’t commented on the efforts.
However, Stein stated that of the millions of dollars raised, “we cannot guarantee a recount will happen in any of these states we are targeting.”
“We can only pledge we will demand recounts in those states,” she added.
The surplus funds, Stein said, will then go toward “election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform.”
Mike Haas, the administrator of Wisconsin Elections Commission, noted the complexity of a possible recount. “This is a bit of uncharted territory,” he said, reported WPR. Hass said the recount will cost at least $500,000.
“There’s a little bit of ambiguity in the statutes,” Haas said. “In one place, it states that the fee must be paid at the time the petition is filed, another statute indicates once the petition is filed, that’s when our agency calculates an estimate.”
Wisconsin has 10 Electoral College votes.
According to NBC News, further funding will be directed to filing a petition in Michigan, which has a Monday submission deadline. Another $500,000 will be redirected to Pennsylvania, where the submission deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 30.