Politics

Wisconsin Begins Vote Recount

| by Ray Brown

The recount in Wisconsin has begun, but few people believe it will have any impact on President-elect Donald Trump's upset victory there, where the initial count says he beat Hillary Clinton by more than 22,000 votes.

The recount was requested by Green Party nominee Jill Stein, who raised more than $4 million in online contributions to pay for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania -- all sates Clinton was widely expected to win, but where Trump won the electoral college. Trump lost the popular vote by more than 2 million votes nationwide.

"Verifying the vote through this recount is the only way to confirm that every vote has been counted securely and accurately and is not compromised by machine or human error, or by tampering or hacking," Stein said in a statement on Dec. 1, according to Al Jazeera.

And although some Clinton supporters hope the recount will show their candidate as the winner, Stein said the real goal is to have a more accurate count of an election that has been rampant with rumors of hacking and voter fraud.

"The recount does not benefit one candidate over another. It benefits all voters across the political spectrum,” Stein said. “This is an essential first step to restore confidence in our elections and trust in our democracy."

Even Clinton attorney Marc Alias told The New York Times that, although slim, Trump's margins of victory in all three states are greater than any difference in which a recount showed a different outcome.

Clinton never campaigned in Wisconsin during the general election, according to WISC-TV, while Trump campaigned there incessantly.

But the Wisconsin recount will go on as tabulators, who are mostly retirees and get paid $25 for a half day of work, will double check every county's vote.

“We’re going to be working long hours, but we’re going to get this done,” said Kimberly S. Bushey, the clerk for Walworth County. 

Sources: The New York Times, Al Jazeera, WISC-TV / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Twitter

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