Everyone already knows that Hillary Clinton has won the popular vote, but that hasn’t stopped Jill Stein from heading up a complete recount in rust belt states including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
Jill’s got a tight deadline, especially in Pennsylvania where she hopes to get a recount of nearly 5.8 million Pennsylvania residents by end of business day Monday November, 28, 2016. While Stein certainly has her eyes set on a recount, she needs the residents of the Keystone State to actually ask for a recount on her behalf. To be precise, three voters in each district must petition the results through an affidavit to have a file motioned and a recount ordered by the courts.
Of course, if Stein succeeds in getting the recount, then we could see an outcome similar to the recount conducted in 2004 of Ohio. After the full recount in Ohio, it showed that George W. Bush in fact beat John Kerry by 118,457 votes, instead of the reported 118,775. The results of the recount, concluded on Dec. 28, 2004, nearly two months after the actual election, had no effect on the final election outcome.
Clinton Campaign Joins the Fight
On November 26th, the Clinton campaign confirmed that they would participate in the recount efforts in Wisconsin and potentially the other two rust states in question to ensure that the Russians did not hack or influence the overall election process. To be clear, the Clinton campaign will not be helping Stein in any financial capacity, but will offer up top lawyers to be present during the recount to ensure accuracy and prevent a fraudulent second count.
Mr. Marc Elias, Clinton’s general council, told the press, “Since the day after the election, we have had lawyers and data scientists and analysts combing over the results to spot anomalies that would suggest a hacked result.” The Obama administration issued a statement on Saturday, telling The New York Times, “the federal government did not observe any increased level of malicious cyberactivity aimed at disrupting our electoral process on Election Day.”
Trump Adds His Two Cents
Of course, President-Elect Donald Trump hasn’t remained silent on the topic, tweeting his way back into the media spotlight with comments including a tweet saying, “Hillary Clinton conceded the election when she called me just prior to the victory speech and after the results were in. Nothing will change.” He went on to call the action both “ridiculous” and “a scam” as Clinton joined forces with Jill Stein in the recount efforts. Turning his criticism to the Green Party he went on to state, “The Green Party scam to fill up their coffers by asking for impossible recounts is now being joined by the badly defeated & demoralized Dems.”
While many are hoping to see that Clinton actually won those states, experts are not so quick to share in the excitement, stating that even though Clinton won the popular vote, Trump won the electoral votes, making him the winning candidate. Even with a full recount, which experts agree is almost impossible, the number of votes will likely prove to be minimum in discrepancy, if any at all.
Clinton’s team also acknowledges the fact that any real change to the outcome is far-fetched. Instead, they are focused on the security of the United States, and the risk of foreign powers hacking, influencing and changing the political platform for America.