US polls: Green Party candidate’s request for recount gets green signal from Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Election Commission has agreed on Friday to recount the votes cast on November 8 United States President elections on a request by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. The president-elect Donald Trump won the state,where he got 27,257 votes more than his rival Hillary Clinton of Democratic Party.
The commission said they are ready to count the three million votes as soon as Stein pays the required fee.The exact amount of money has not been decided yet,but Stein it would be around $1.1 million (Rs 7.53 crore approximately).
The Green Party candidate said she had raised around $5 million (Rs 34.26 crore approximately) for her campaign to recount votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.Trump beat Clinton by 10,704 votes in Michigan and 70,010 votes in Pennsylvania.
According to federal government’s rule,the state will have to finish the recount by December 13.
Stein clarified her campaign saying her aim was to corroborate the integrity of US voting system not to challenge Trump’s victory. Reports of election systems being hacked and security threats claimed by analysts roused her suspicion,Stein said.
Trump clinched the presidency by winning way more than the required 270 electoral votes.while Clinton won the popular vote.His win ended eight years of Democratic rule in the country.