by Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director
November 28, 2016
I’m all for the presidential recount in Wisconsin.
On Monday, the Wisconsin Elections Commission established guidelines for the recount, which Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and independent candidate Rocky De La Fuente had requested.
The Commission rejected Stein’s request for a mandatory hand count of all the presidential ballots, allowing each county to decide on its own method.
That’s a mistake: It would have been far preferable to have a hand count of every single ballot because relying on the same machines that might have made an error in the first place is not an adequate check.
Nonetheless, the recount is important for five reasons.
First of all, Donald Trump’s margin of victory over Hillary Clinton was only 22, 177—or 0.75 percent.
Second, Trump’s lead has reportedly narrowed from Election Night till today by about 5,000 votes. Almost all the changes were deductions from Trump’s side, as Hillary’s total remained virtually unchanged.
Third, allegedly, four precincts in Outagamie County all initially had more people voting for Clinton and Trump than the number of people who actually had voted there, and in all four the numbers were inflated on the Trump side.
This has led a group called the Democratic Coalition Against Trump to file a fraud complaint with the Wisconsin Elections Commission “to look into these precincts to investigate this vote padding as intentional fraud, as opposed to a clerical error.”
Fourth, the recount should flush out any illegal voting, which would cast light on Trump’s wild charge that he “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally."
And finally, it’s always good to test the machinery of democracy to see whether our sacred votes are being accurately and properly counted.
No one should be against that.