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UPDATE: Jill Stein files recount request

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- For the first time in Wisconsin, there will be a recount of the Presidential vote. It didn't happen in person, but Green Party Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein electronically sent her petition for a recount to the Wisconsin Elections Commission. 

Meeting the 5 p.m., Friday deadline by about an hour and a half, Stein's attorneys spent the day in constant communication with officials at the Elections Commission. She surpassed her initial goal of raising $2.5 million to fund the recount. At last check, her campaign website showed she's now raised more than $5 million with a new goal of $7 million.

According to her website and the verified petition for the recount, Stein is questioning the machines used across the state after her campaign says they were the same ones banned in California for being highly vulnerable to hacking because of poor security programming. 

Wisconsin Elections Commission says there is no evidence of election fraud. Michael Haas, the administrator with the commission says the recount could begin as soon as late next week. 

"Each canvass board will be asked to make an initial determination as to whether they want to hand-count or machine-count the ballots. And the only other way there would be a hand-count statewide, is if a court orders a hand-count," Haas explained. 

Meanwhile, officials with the Green Party of Wisconsin held a press conference just before Stein filed the request, explaining the recount is needed to challenge the system. 

"We are not doing this to the benefit of one candidate over the other. We are doing this for the benefit of the American public so that we can trust that our votes are counted," said George Martin, the former co-chair for the state's green party. 

According to the state's elections commission, Stein only received around 31,000 votes out of the roughly 3 million cast throughout Wisconsin. Haas says an exact amount on how much the recount will cost has not yet been determined although Stein's website says it will cost $1.1 million dollars. 

Under federal law, the state must have the recount completed by December 13th, just days before every state in the nation must turn in their electoral votes on December 19th. 

Stein is also planning to file recount requests in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Deadlines in those states are next week. 

Rocky De La Fuente, from California, also filed a recount request in Wisconsin. He's was the Reform Party Presidential candidate. He received around 1,500 votes in Wisconsin. 
 


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has filed a request for a recount with Wisconsin election officials.

State Elections Commission Administrator said Stein filed the request around mid-afternoon Friday, about an hour and a half ahead of a 5 p.m. deadline.

Stein's campaign has been raising money online to cover the costs of recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. She says she wants to make sure hackers didn't skew the results in those swing states. The campaign had raised about $5.2 million as of Friday afternoon.

Wisconsin law calls for the state to perform a recount at a candidate's request as long as he or she can pay for it. The state has never performed a presidential recount. Election officials estimate the effort will cost up to $1 million.
 



UPDATE (WKOW) -- Jill Stein has raised more than $4.5 million as of early Friday morning to recount the presidential election in several key states. The campaign for the Green Party presidential nominee has a new goal is $7 million. 

The money raised so far will go to recount votes in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.  According to the Green Party, they plan to file for a recount in Wisconsin Friday before the 5:00 p.m. deadline.  The deadline to file in Pennsylvania is Monday.  The $4.5 million invested in these recounts was raised in less than 48 hours.  

"The fact that it has basically funded itself overnight reflects the incredible hunger out there among the American people to actually start doing something positive and to start creating an election system that we can believe in," Stein told CNN. 

Additional money raised in the new $7 million will go to a recount in Michigan.  The Stein campaign would need to raise that money by Wednesday. 

The call for the recount comes after Stein and others were uneasy about reports that voting security experts told Hillary Clinton's campaign of the possibility of hacks in electronic voting systems.  There is no proof of election fraud though.

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Jill Stein has now raised more than $3.2 million to pay for a recount of the presidential results.  The campaign has now increased its goal to $4.5 million.  

According to the Green Party, the money raised so far will be used for a recount in Wisconsin.  The petition is due by Friday at 5:00 p.m.  Additional money raised will go to fund the proposed recounts in Pennsylvania (petition due Monday) and Michigan (petition due Wednesday).  

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Green Party Presidential Nominee Jill Stein is seeking to raise $2.5 million by late Friday afternoon to pay for presidential election recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania - three states narrowly won by Republican President-Elect Donald Trump.

On a fundraising page launched early Wednesday afternoon, the Stein campaign indicated it wants recounts in those three states because "data suggests significant discrepancies in vote totals."

"After a divisive and painful presidential race, in which foreign agents hacked into party databases, private email servers, and voter databases in certain states, many Americans are wondering if our election results are reliable," said Stein in a statement on her campaign website. "That's why the unexpected results of the election and reported anomalies need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified. We deserve elections we can trust."

Official results from the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) show Trump won Wisconsin by 22,177 votes over Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton, a margin of just 0.8 percent.

If Stein petitions for a recount by 5:00 p.m. on Friday and has the money to pay for it, WEC Administrator Mike Haas said the agency is required by state law to order it - barring a court order that says otherwise.

Haas says the cost would have to be figured out, saying the 2011 statewide recount for the Wisconsin Supreme Court race between Justice David Prosser and Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg cost local clerks $520,000 - not counting the costs to the state.

1.5 million people voted in that 2011 race, but because nearly three million people voted in the November 8 election Haas said the cost would be far more significant.

Because the filing would come at the deadline, county clerks would be pressed into a very tight window of time to complete the recount.

"The presidential electors meeting is December 19. Under federal law, any contest of a presidential election is supposed to be resolved by December 13 in order to ensure that the state's electoral votes are counted. So, there is gonna be some time pressure," said Haas.

Haas said if the petition is submitted properly, the WEC would likely order the recount on Monday after consulting with local officials.

"Our agency is responsible for ensuring that the recount is conducted in a uniform manner, so that means that we would organize a teleconference with all 72 county clerks, we would go through our recount procedures, answer any questions before we ask them to get started on the actual recount," said Haas.

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