MADISON/MILWAUKEE -- Officials with the Wisconsin Election Commission said Wednesday, November 23rd they expect Jill Stein and the Green Party to file a petition Friday, November 25th for a recount of the November 8th presidential election here in Wisconsin (and in two other states -- Michigan and Pennsylvania). The Green Party must raise more than $2 million by FRIDAY -- and they've already raised more than $1 million.
"Over the last 48-72 hours, reports have come in from experts, cyberexperts, who are reporting to us some very troubling news about the possibility of security breaches in voting results across this country," Stein campaign manager David Cobb said in a video posted to her Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.
Stein and others are seeking an audit and recount of the voting results in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania following reports that voting security experts alerted Hillary Clinton's campaign to the possibility of hacks in key counties in those states.
Clinton's lead in the popular vote has continued to grow -- now close to 2 million more votes than President-elect Donald Trump -- and pressure has been mounting among liberals for an investigation into what happened on November 8th.
It's an ironic twist from just a month ago, when President-elect Trump was cautioning that the election results would be "rigged" and that he may not accept the outcome.
Stein launched her effort after computer scientists reportedly told Clinton campaign officials that the election may have indeed been rigged -- in President-elect Trump's favor.
The group of voting scientists -- including University of Michigan's J. Alex Halderman and voting rights activist John Bonifaz -- alerted the campaign that Clinton's tallies fell 7% shy of expectations in counties that used electronic voting machines.
Clinton fell about 27,000 votes shy of Trump in Wisconsin and 60,000 in Pennsylvania -- razor thin margins in both states.
As of Wednesday, votes were still being tallied in Michigan, which CNN has not called for either candidate yet.
A small group on Wednesday gathered outside City Hall in Milwaukee -- encouraging citizens to push for a hand recount after the November election.
"We really need to make sure that our vote is fair and accurate," Holly Mosher said.
Pointing to an early reporting error in Outagamie County that has since been corrected, Mosher said she's urging others to push for a hand recount of all ballots cast in Wisconsin.
"I really think it`s important to trust the vote. We the people want to know whether it was hacked or not. We want to know. Even Trump was saying the elections could be rigged. Let's find out," Mosher said.
The majority of votes cast in Wisconsin were paper ballots, but 90 percent of them were tabulated with optical scanners.
Elections Commission officials confirmed for FOX6 News Wednesday they have been in contact with representatives from the Jill Stein campaign/Green Party.
FOX6 News was told someone on the ballot must initiate a recount -- and it appears Jill Stein will be the one to do that.
We're told clerks would determine how much a recount would cost in their municipalities, and report that number to the state. The Green Party would have to pay for a recount in Wisconsin -- and the party is looking to raise $2 million by Friday, November 25th.
Will the results change? No one knows -- but those in support of a recount said they want to do this "just to be sure."
To give you an idea of how the recounts COULD change the election -- here's the Electoral College as it stands:
The magic number is 270.
President-elect Donald Trump has 290 votes.
Hillary Clinton has 232 votes
Michigan remains too close to call.
IF, and this is a big if, all three of the recounts turned out in Clinton's favor, Clinton would win the election with 278 votes, and Mr. Trump would drop down to 260.
Below is a statement on Jill Stein's website:
The Stein/Baraka Green Party Campaign is launching an effort to ensure the integrity of our elections. With your help, we are raising money to demand recounts in Wisconsin,Michigan, and Pennsylvania-- three states where the data suggests a significant need to verify machine-counted vote totals.
This effort to ensure election integrity is in your hands! We need to raise over $2 million by this Friday, 4pm central. In true grassroots fashion, we’re turning to you, the people, and not big-money corporate donors to make this happen.
Your immediate support is crucial - Please donate now and share widely.
We hope to do recounts in all three states. If we only raise sufficient money for two, we will demand recounts in two states. If we only raise enough money for one, we will demand a recount in one state. If we do not raise enough for any recount (which is highly unlikely) we pledge to use the money for election integrity efforts and to promote systemic voting system reform.
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