Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's effort to force recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania isn't likely to change the presidential election result, most experts say. With the exception of an ill-advised comment blaming FBI Director James Comey for her defeat, it seemed as though she was living up to her word and staying out of the way while Trump prepared to take office.Yet almost three weeks after the election was decided, Clinton's campaign chose to take part in an effort calling for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Stein is suing Wisconsin for not requiring hand recounts.
The state Elections Commission is preparing to launch the recount at Stein's request on Thursday. But Dane County Circuit Court Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn concluded Stein's attorneys failed to show any hard evidence the machines were attacked and are unreliable. Pedro Cortes, who as Pennsylvania secretary of state serves as the state's top election officer, has said repeatedly that there has been no evidence of voter irregularities November 8.
Stein has raised $6.4 million online since last week to fund recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. She has pledged to pay the cost of the Wisconsin recount by the deadline. Stein filed a lawsuit Monday asking a Dane County judge to order a hand recount. So Clinton's campaign will be participating, even though it's not initiating the action. They also filed a memo supporting the push for a hand recount, saying that method is the most transparent for the public and will ensure the most accurate results.
Baily-Rihn is hearing arguments to determine how the recount should be performed. President-elect Donald Trump beat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by about 70,000 votes, or more than a full percentage point.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Independent presidential candidate Roque De La Fuente have asked for a recount. The Wisconsin Elections Commission refused to grant that request, prompting Stein to file a lawsuit late Monday.
"In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally", the Republican Trump tweeted as reporters waited for him to leave his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida to fly back to his residence in New York City. In a statement Tuesday, Stein says it's an "undue burden" but won't stop efforts for recounts in that state and in MI and Pennsylvania.
All three states rejected Trump's claim, and the White House on Monday said there had been no evidence of widespread election fraud in the presidential contest.
If the candidates disagree with the results of the recount, the law gives them the right to appeal in circuit court within five business days after the recount is completed.