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Friday, November 25, 2016

 5:29 PM 

Stein, De La Fuente file recount petitions

Third-party candidates Jill Stein and Rock De La Fuente, neither of whom was a significant factor in the outcome of the presidential race in Wisconsin, today filed requests for a recount of the results.

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Mike Haas anticipated the recount would begin late next week after the Stein campaign pays the recount fee.

Haas said the commission is still trying to determine how much the recount will cost and how that will be assessed to the campaigns. The fee would have to be paid before the count would begin.

The commission noted the last statewide recount costs counties more than $520,000, according to a tally by The Associated Press. In that 2011state Supreme Court election, about 1.5 million votes were cast. Nearly 3 million were cast in the November presidential election, and the commission expects the costs to be significantly higher, Haas said.

He also noted the recount would need to be done by a Dec. 13 federal deadline. That means county boards of canvass may need to work evenings and weekends to meet the deadline. 

“The recount process is very detail-oriented, and this deadline will certainly challenge some counties to finish on time,” Haas said. 

Stein received 31,006 votes out of the nearly 3 million cast in the Nov. 8 election. De La Fuente received 1,514, while Donald Trump won the state's 10 electoral votes, topping Hillary Clinton by 22,177 votes, according to official results.

Stein's campaign, which originally set a $2 million fundraising goal for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, had raised almost $5.3 million by late Friday afternoon. It has also now upped its fundraising goal to $7 million.

Stein's campaign has said it expects the Wisconsin recount to cost $1.1 million, not counting attorney fees. The campaign projects its overall costs for the three states could be $6 million to $7 million, though if it raises "more than what's needed, the surplus will also go toward election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform."

-- By JR Ross


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