State Green Party leader: Organizers prepared for court if hand recount of votes denied

MADISON -- A recount of presidential vote totals in Wisconsin is set to begin this week, and on Sunday, November 27th, preparations were underway to make sure the massive effort goes smoothly. Meanwhile, a state Green Party official said they're prepared to take this issue to court if need be.

Green Party officials have estimated the recount will cost more than $1 million -- a bill they're prepared to pay. However, they want what they're paying for -- a hand recount of all ballots. They said they're willing to go to court if the clerks don't comply.

Suburban Bourbon

Suburban Bourbon

Volunteers this week will gather at Suburban Bourbon in Muskego -- but not for a meal. They'll be digesting a long list of "dos" and "don'ts" at a recount training session.

"As of right now, we have more than 3,000 observers registered," George Martin with the Green Party in Wisconsin.

Martin said volunteers won't be allowed to touch ballots.

"But we can stand there to observe," Martin said.

George Martin

George Martin

Martin has been heavily involved in the process since the campaign for former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein filed paperwork on Friday, November 25th -- initiating a recount of the presidential vote.

"The machines may not have been accurate. But also there is human error -- and also politics," Martin said.

Martins said he believes the discrepancy between exit polls and actual votes tabulated by machines should be cause for concern from all voters.

Ballots

"That gap is so wide, that this statistically would only occur in one in every 800 presidential elections," Martin said.

Mordecai Lee, UW-Milwaukee professor and political expert said it's doubtful a recount would change the results. He said he's equally suspicious the results were tampered with in the first place.

"It would be really hard to hack and change the results in terms of what is accessible," Lee said.

Even so, Martin said the Stein campaign wants a hand recount of the results -- and Martin said he's prepared to take the matter to court Monday, November 28th if a hand recount is denied.

Early voting at Zeidler Municipal Building

Early voting at Zeidler Municipal Building

Green Party leaders said their goal is simply to ensure the election was fair.

"If it is not as we requested per our affidavit, we will be in court Monday afternoon seeking that it be mandated," Martin said.

Martin said he expects the recount will be underway by Thursday, December 1st.

Jill Stein files for presidential recount in Wisconsin

He said it should take no more than two weeks to complete.

Recount efforts are also underway in Michigan an Pennsylvania.

President-elect Donald Trump's victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton was by a margin of 27,000 votes.

5 comments

  • T. Post

    I feel that no matter what happens with the recount, they will look for anything to take to court to get a preselected judge (probably in Madison) to bastardize our already completed process.

  • liberty

    The Democrat Socialist Party will try anything. Actually They shouldn’t be allowed to recount in Pennsylvania. You need to go to court to show a good reason for a recount. Socialism will do anything to control people in every way.

  • Arizona

    How is it we can’t raise money for the homeless, feed the hungry or provide medical insurance for everyone but can come up with 4 million dollars in a week to spend friviously recounting votes. What a waste of time and resources. Yet again the United States is again an embarrassment. Just accept the new commander in chief and move forward with dignity.

  • john keup

    You would think that with all this money wasted this process that you could help a lot of homeless during th eholiday season

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