Statewide Presidential recount to begin today


Volunteers and paid staff across all 72 counties in Wisconsin are gearing up for some long hours before Christmas. Jill Stein, a Green Party presidential candidate raised $3.5 million to pay for the recount.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

A spokesman for the Wisconsin Election Commission said the agency will be trying to gather and release daily recount data from each county in the state showing any tally changes for voting wards. Reid Magney said news media might need to add up the data themselves to determine whether GOP President-elect Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton see a statewide gain in votes on a given day.

“In a statewide sense I don’t know if we’re going to go that far,” Magney said of analyzing the raw data before the recount ends.

In addition, the agency will be collecting an explanation from local officials for all the cases in which 10 or more votes are changed in a given reporting unit, which is typically a voting ward.

In the official count of the 2.98 million votes cast in Wisconsin, Trump was certified to have won by 22,000 votes — an outcome that is very unlikely to change if this recount behaves as other statewide recounts have in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

Follow developments of the recount at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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