As Wisconsin Recount Finishes Up, $7M Finds 25 Votes for Hillary (Update: 131 Votes for Trump)
Seven million dollars. That’s approximately how much the total recount effort mounted by Green Party candidate Jill Stein will cost when one factors in the total costs of the Wisconsin recount, the abortive Michigan recount, and the legal expenses for Dr. Stein’s efforts in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
With all 72 Wisconsin counties now reporting completion and about 100% of the votes counted, the net result has been a gain of 131 votes for Donald Trump.
The counties reporting completion include the state’s two Democratic powerhouses, Dane County (in which the state capital, Madison, is situated, fondly nicknamed by the rest of the state “Moscow on Lake Mendota” for its leftist leanings) and Milwaukee County, where the state’s largest city is located. Neither county has reported any major discrepancies.
According to the Wisconsin Election Commission, Trump gained 844 votes from the recount, and Clinton gained 713 votes. Stein gained an additional 66 votes. That means that, for most of us, nothing changes.
The total cost in Wisconsin is estimated at $3.9M, of which $3.5M has been paid in advance by the Stein campaign. Her campaign will be billed for the rest.
For most of us, the integrity of the electoral process has been resoundingly confirmed, but Stein will not give up. According to the Detroit Free Press, in a statement issued after the Michigan State Supreme Court halted the recount, Stein characterized the decision as “a hot mess”:
We are fighting for the right to vote, and to make sure that every vote counts.
According to the Huffington Post, she also said:
We asked, "Do we have a voting system we can trust? And we got a resounding 'no' ... We’ve exhausted what we can do here in Michigan, and I think at this point ... we need to fight for those reforms. We need to fight to ensure that we have a vote we can count on.
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania has rejected a recount as well. Testimony was presented by “election expert” J. Alex Halderman of the University of Michigan on the likelihood of a cyber attack against Pennsylvania’s system, which he described as antiquated and vulnerable, and which Stein called “a national disgrace.” Yet a former machine inspector for the state, Michael Shamos, retorted:
The scenarios that have been posited are about as likely that androids from outer space are living among us. It’s possible, but there is no evidence to support it.