Elections Commission expects Green Party to file for recount of November presidential election in WI

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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.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Green party nominee Jill Stein speaks to members of the press before the start of a campaign rally at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture on October 12, 2016 in New York City. Jill Stein and her running mate Ajamu Baraka are campaigning in New York. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Green party nominee Jill Stein speaks to members of the press before the start of a campaign rally at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture on October 12, 2016 in New York City. Jill Stein and her running mate Ajamu Baraka are campaigning in New York. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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.

Pushing for presidential recount outside City Hall in Milwaukee

"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.

Pushing for presidential recount outside City Hall in Milwaukee

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.

Pushing for presidential recount outside City Hall in Milwaukee

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.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.


  • marcus wilson

    I can see this, they were millions of votes behind and thought maybe it was closer than the final tally waste of money

  • Tracie

    Before the election it was Republicans that claimed fraud cuz of the connection to Siri with machines sold in some states. Democrats were dismissive about fraud claims. Listen up Democrats…YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS! You can’t be dismissive before the election & cry foul now just cuz you lost.

    • Tracie

      Auto correct changed Soros to Siri. Sorry about that typo. I was referring to the connection between George Soro and voting machines sold to some states.

  • Terry

    I remember when our media actually reported factual news. Possibilities of someone hacking polls. Get a grip, and it comes out just now.
    The media is only about making sure our country is divided.
    ALL media outlets should be ashamed of themselves and throw their degrees in the garbage. This is news but actual crimes that happen in our nation’s capital are hush hush. Heck you covered how the DNC rigged it for Bernie to lose for about 15 minutes. NOW THERE IS A FACTUAL CRIME. Ridiculous.

  • deletedagain

    I didn’t vote for Obama and don’t like what he did to this country. I WANT A RECOUNT!!!
    I didn’t vote vote for Bush and I don’t like what he did to this country. I WANT A RECOUNT!!!
    Undo everything they did to destroy our country.
    I did vote for Trump and I hope he can correct all the damage that was done to this country in the last 20 years.
    I didn’t vote for Clinton because I didn’t want another criminal in office.

  • walloffthenorthside

    Waaaaa…dems lost. Get over it already. Shouldn’t Matter because she conseded. Should be a dead issue

  • Bob S.

    One has to concede Democratics will stop at nothing in an effort to maintain control of the White House. Ms. Stein and her Green Party are complicit. Their funding for this effort must be audited. Very short odds heavy hitters of the Dem Party, including Soros & Co., are writing the checks.

  • confused

    Well, if it goes the other way, will Reps be allowed to protest the higher tax rates we will have to endure to support illegals, give the lazy free college, support the dope addicts who “can’t” work? Can Reps protest the hate crimes against them that continually get swept under the rug? Can Reps block traffic when they oppose the giveaways of free healthcare when the Reps will pay even MORE then they do now? This is stupid. Trump won. Give him a chance. I know I cannot afford clinton’s taxes. I dislike her illegal planning, we can’t take care of our homeless vets, but illegals, sure come on in.

  • Liberal Hypocrisy

    Typical leftist response to everything. Waste time and money. At least they have to waste their money and not ours for a change. The best part though is that the entire country gets to see the temper tantrums continue. They think this type of behavior helps their cause. I encourage their childish ways but I think more vile name calling needs to happen. It really helps!! Wink Wink.

    • wheresthebeef

      Temper tantrums? Childish ways? Vile name-calling? Sounds like a perfect description of Lord Cheeto and his zombie supporters.

      • T. Post

        Riots, that would be from the left. Play-doh, puppy hugging, grief counciling, safety pins are childish ways of the left. Calling everyone who dared disagree with the left were and still are being called fascists, racists, homophobic, ect… So thank you for confirming his point.

  • Kristine Johnston

    I want to know who the Green Party and the Democrats have on the inside to rig any new results! There has been plenty of time and no one has been paying attention. In that time, they could have easily had several people adding to the Democrat vote and just waiting for it to come around.

    • confused

      Kristine-a lot of the green party had the same needs as the dems, letting in all sorts of illegals/refugees without vetting, free college courtesy of the working middle class, more free health care courtesy of the working middle class, soak corporations to the bejeepers with taxes so the middle class would find it hard to get and keep a job, claim to tax the heck outta the rich (aka anyone who is middle class making 30k a year but not athletes, rap stars, screen stars, anti coal pro solar and wind-Europe proved this doesn’t really work unless YOU can afford a $600 a month light bill, more free housing for “families” where pappa is illegal or in jail and mom is an addict, but not for our homeless vets. You bet your sweet patootie that the green is backing the blue. Instead of accepting defeat, they are excepting defeat-meaning they take exception to the win. People were sick of working harder for less $ or having taxes go insane to “help” those who refuse to flip a burger to help pay for their own college, or those who refuse to work to take care of their kids “thugs”, or are addicts.

  • Larry keyes

    Thank you Green Party. A recount is imperative and an investigation if fraud is determined should be done by the Justice Department. If fraud occurred, we need to know who did it (Internal or external to the U.S.) if internal they need to be found and prosecuted to the full extend of the law. If external, extreme sanctions should be imposed by the U.S., NATO nations and the U.N..

    • Liberal Hypocrisy

      There is not a single shred of evidence of hacking or any other type of fraud. All you have is a couple of Leftists say so. You jack wagons keep making yourselves look like the reason you lost in the first place. Nothing but a bunch of lying, crying sacks of dog dirt.

  • CJ

    We need more than a recount. We’ve (computer experts) found malware on many electronic voting systems and databases. Months prior to the election there were cyber offenses throughout the US traced back to Russia. Independent investigations have found connections between Trumps organizations and Russia. This prompted alarm as the election approached. As votes in key swing states contradicted absentee and paper ballots in addition to cyber offenses now found directly linked to Russian IP’s, further evidence is coming to light that clearly shows the election was tampered with by outside sources.

    The problem: Should this come out people would lose faith in the system, markets would crash and riots would increase yet not acting sets dangerous precedents. From what little my friends and colleagues in various departments could say, they’re hoping the public forces their hand by demanding investigations into the 2016 election.

    This is 100% accurate. Do not believe The Washington Post or Brietbart as Trump’s party and Republican’s who want the control they gained are trying to suppress it with misinformation. They’ve already skewed search engine results to ensure links dismissing any such notion appear first as search engines base results on site traffic. They’ve intentionally driven traffic to such sites and away from links validating and assisting in this matter which results in more traffic from those trying to research it.

    Additionally,?Snopes was purchased by a subsidiary of Karl Roves’ American Crossroads and is no longer an objective platform for fact checking.

    This is a serious matter which we need to push on.

    • regbs

      Google is run by Communist Jews who are on record censoring info harmful to Clinton. Google donated overwhelmingly to Dems & Hillary. Now we’re supposed to believe they’re in the tank for Republicans? Dems fight tooth and nail to enable voter fraud and prevent legitimate elections absent the Dem constituencies of illegal aliens, dead people, made-up names, and individuals who vote multiple times. Republicans are mocked for measures attempting legal voting and integrity. Once, Dems lose, what Dems said was impossible is indisputable fact.

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