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Jill Stein Officially Funds, Files For Wisconsin Recount

Jill Stein Officially Funds, Files For Wisconsin Recount

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By    |   Friday, 25 November 2016 06:36 PM

Buoyed by fundraising efforts exceeding $5 million, the Green Party's Jill Stein has officially filed the petition to challenge Wisconsin's election results, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission says it will proceed with a statewide recount paid for by Stein's funding, which will begin late next week and has to be completed by Dec. 13, according to the report.

"The Wisconsin Elections Commission today received two recount petitions from the Jill Stein for President Campaign and from Rocky Roque De La Fuente, Administrator Michael Haas announced," a statement from the commission read.

"The Commission is preparing to move forward with a statewide recount of votes for President of the United States, as requested by these candidates," Haas is quoted as saying.

"We have assembled an internal team to direct the recount, we have been in close consultation with our county clerk partners, and have arranged for legal representation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

"We plan to hold a teleconference meeting for county clerks next week and anticipate the recount will begin late in the week after the Stein campaign has paid the recount fee, which we are still calculating.”

Stein's website read Friday a recount is funded not only for Wisconsin, but Pennsylvania, too, and "Next up is Michigan."

Those challenges in Pennsylvania (due Monday) and Michigan (next Wednesday) will be tougher to enact, per the Journal, as the winning candidate, Donald Trump, can object to any recount requests in Michigan, while a judge might need to hear arguments for a recount in Pennsylvania.

If all three states recount and flip to Hillary Clinton, it could give the Democrat the electoral votes needed to win the White House, but it is still a long shot.

Stein estimated she needed $7 million to fund all three states, the last of which is recount in Michigan.

"After a divisive and painful presidential race, reported hacks into voter and party databases and individual email accounts are causing many American to wonder if our election results are reliable," Stein wrote in a statement Tuesday. "These concerns need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified. We deserve elections we can trust."

Stein added, according to The Journal: "We are not attempting to overthrow Donald Trump, and I don't expect that that will be the outcome."

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Buoyed by fundraising efforts exceeding $5 million, the Green Party's Jill Stein has officially filed the petition to challenge Wisconsin's election results, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
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