- The Washington Times - Friday, November 25, 2016

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein filed for a recount of the election votes in Wisconsin, submitting the paperwork just before the Friday deadline, according to state election officials.

Ms. Stein said earlier in the day that she had raised the estimated $1.1 million to pay for the recount, although state election officials said they were calculating the cost.

“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,” Ms. Stein said in a statement. “These concerns need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified.”

She added that Americans “deserve elections we can trust.”

President-elect Donald Trump’s upset victory in Wisconsin helped him clinch the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House. But reversing the outcome in the Badger State would not be enough to change the outcome of the election.

Liberal activists also have prodded Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to seek recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, previously reliably blue states like Wisconsin that turned red this year for Mr. Trump.

The results of the Michigan election has not been made officials, but Mr. Trump led by about 10,000 votes.

If all three of states were to have the results overturned in Mrs. Clinton’s favor, it would be enough to change the outcome of the Nov. 8 election.

The deadlines to request a recount are in the next few days. Wisconsin had the earlier deadline.

Ms. Stein raised more than $4 million in a online fundraising drive to pay for the recounts.

“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,” Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas said in a statement.

“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.”

In Wisconsin, which hadn’t voted Republican since 1988, Mr. Trump beat Mrs. Clinton by about 27,257 votes or about 1 percent of the vote. He topped her 47.9 percent to 46.9 percent.

Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson won 3.6 percent of the vote and Ms. Stein won 1.1 percent.

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