Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein files for vote recount in Wisconsin

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein files for vote recount in Wisconsin

The fourth largest political party in the US, the Green Party is seeking for a recount in Wisconsin state amid reports of discrepancies in voting.

On Friday, the Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein formally filed for the recount besides urging authorities to investigate the election results.

Wisconsin was won by Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States in waiting.

The Wisconsin Elections Board has confirmed receiving the recount petition from Jill Stein and said that it would go ahead with the process.

Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein photo

Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein (on the right)

Apart from Jill Stein, the Wisconsin Elections Board said that it received another petition for vote recount from the Reform Party presidential candidate Rocky De La Fuente.

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas said: “The Commission is preparing to move forward with a statewide recount of votes for President of the United States, as requested by these candidates.

“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.

Hass added that the board is planning to have a teleconference for county clerks next week and that the recount could begin late in the week after payment of the recount fee from Jill Stein campaign for which calculations are still going on.

The Green Party is demanding a reconciliation of paper records, a step that is considered to be more advanced than a simple recount while carrying out an investigation into the voting system’s integrity.

Green Party Wisconsin co-chairman George Martin said: “This is a process, a first step to examine whether our electoral democracy is working.”

The move comes in the wake of Green Party 2016 presidential candidate Jill Stein raising $5 million for the party in a Thanksgiving fundraising plan. The amount was to be used for recount and also any surplus would be directed towards training of the party candidates.

In addition to Wisconsin, the Green Party is also pushing for recount of votes in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

The party has been making noise that the election results could have been hacked in favor of the Republicans.

However, its presidential candidate Jill Stein insisted that the recount was to assess the integrity of the US voting system and not to undermine Donald Trump’s victory.

As far as the numbers go in the Wisconsin State elections, Donald Trump recorded 2,975,313 votes, Hillary Clinton came second with 1,381,823 votes while the two vote recount petitioners Jill Stein and Rocky Roque De La Fuente stood at fifth and seventh positions with votes of 31,006 and 1,514 respectively.

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