How Many State Vote Recounts Are There? Jill Stein Is Trying To Expand Her Efforts
This is the week that most of the final state recount deadlines fall — and Jill Stein is pushing to get recounts under way in the Rust Belt states that seem to have cost Hillary Clinton a victory despite her easy win of 2 million or more votes in the popular vote. Some computer specialists argued that there could have been some hacking that swayed results and thus they need to recheck things, per Jill Stein. Hillary Clinton's campaign is willing to participate, too. But how many state vote recounts are there? Right now there is a push for three, but none have actually started.
The vote recount process takes time. First of all, none of the results were close enough to trigger an automatic recount. It wasn't until a New York magazine article brought the attention of possible vote hacking to the masses that this was even an issue. Then Stein had to raise the money for the recounts, which she did quickly, to most people's surprise. Only then did she start the process to file in the states that were mentioned with regards to the hacking, and she started with the states pointed out in the article: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
Here's a breakdown of how many vote recounts are currently underway, as well as those that could emerge in the future:
Of the three states that Stein wanted to file in, Wisconsin had the first deadline. The paperwork was all submitted on Friday, and the state has moved to start a recount on Thursday, Dec. 1. There's one hitch, though: The recount will not be completely done by hand, and the whole point was to catch problems with the computers that tabulated the results. Stein sued to ensure it would be done by hand (Clinton supported that) but the judge hearing the case ruled for the state elections commission. Still, though, some 30 of Wisconsin's 72 counties have announced they will in fact do the recount by hand.
Now this state has a much harder system to ask for a recount. There are three ways to do so. One is with the Pennsylvania Department of State when the results are within half a percentage point. They were not so that's out. The other two are the routes Stein has tried. If three voters in each precinct request a recount alleging fraud, there will be a recount. It's unclear how successful Stein's push to get voters to do this was. The third way is by the candidate — but the key difference is that it has to go through the court system. There's a date set in Commonwealth Court for Monday.
The Great Lakes State has a simpler system than Pennsylvania, and it is actually the closest of the three. Trump won here according to the first round of results that were certified Monday by just 10,704 votes. Stein is expected to file on Nov. 30, the deadline, just 48 hours after certification. She will have to pay about $900,000 for the recount — $125 for each of Michigan's 6,300 precincts. The recount will likely start on Friday in the largest counties and continue every day by hand until they finish or Dec. 13 rolls around.
Those are the only three states likely to get a recount at this point. There's a Change.org petition asking Stein to request recounts in Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina, too. It's likely there isn't time left to do so — and the original report on possible hacking didn't mention these states (though it didn't rule it out either). But it's probably too late. There's also the idea of auditing the vote, but it hasn't gotten enough traction to happen at the state level — let alone nationally.
As it stands, you'll want to watch Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin these next weeks if your hopes are riding on the recount.