First Presidential Recount In State History Announced As Hillary Joins Election Appeal
It’s not over till it’s over.
Regardless of what side of the fence you stand on, there’s no denying the fact this election has been one of the most contentious in political history. And despite the recent announcement of the election winner, it doesn’t look to be showing any signs of slowing down.
Incoming President Donald Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, took things up a notch over the weekend when she formally joined the recount effort sparked by Green Party nominee Jill Stein.
‘Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves,’ Clinton campaign attorney, Marc Elias wrote in a blog post on Saturday.
‘But now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides.’
After Stein – who drew one per cent of the vote nationally and raised millions in recount funding – pushed for three states to recheck their official numbers, Wisconsin officials announced on Friday they’d be moving forward with the first Presidential recount in state history.
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) November 26, 2016
Despite previously publicly challenging the integrity of the US voting system, Trump has since urged Americans to accept the results.
“The results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing.”
Since it became evident Clinton had actually accumulated almost two million more votes than Trump, but been prevented from taking the Presidency due to a historic system that ultimately puts the final say in the hands of the Electoral College, several petitions have circulated online, urging the College to reconsider its votes.
Although Clinton is currently leading in the national popular vote, Trump won 290 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232, with Michigan still too close to call. It takes 270 to win the presidency.
Clinton is expected to take the same approach supporting recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan if Stein follows through with recount requests in those states, however the recounts are highly unlikely to change the election outcome.
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