Jill Stein Officially Filed For A Recount In Wisconsin


On Friday, Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein officially filed for a recount of the vote tally in Wisconsin, where Donald Trump holds a lead of roughly 27,000 votes over Hillary Clinton, The Guardian reports.

The deadline to file a petition for a recount was 5 pm on Friday, and Stein filed roughly 90 minutes before it closed.

Officials at Wisconsin's Election Commission announced on Twitter they had received Stein's request.

Shortly thereafter, Wisconsin Election Commission director Michael Haas stated,

If you're wondering how and why this is happening, that's a fair question.

Earlier this week, computer scientists said they'd found evidence the election results might've been hacked or manipulated in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania -- the three states that tipped the electoral college to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

They found that Hillary Clinton got 7 percent fewer votes in Wisconsin counties that utilize electronic-voting machines than in Wisconsin counties that use paper ballots.

So, there is no direct evidence of hacking, but these experts still advised Clinton to call for a recount after analyzing these data.

After suspicions over the results were made public, Jill Stein began raising money to pay for a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday, Stein said,

The Green Party candidate raised more than $5 million so far to pay for the recounts.

Officials said the cost of the recount in Wisconsin will cost $1 million, and Stein will have to pay the entire cost.

The deadlines to file for recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan are next week.

Technically, Hillary Clinton could still win the election -- this was true even before Stein filed for a recount in Wisconsin (because of the electoral college).

But it's still a long-shot.

Still, it's pretty safe to say this recount adds even more drama to an already tumultuous election cycle.

If nothing else, 2016 has never failed to be exciting.