NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–November 26, 2016
Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias
The Clinton campaign has joined the Green Party’s initiative to obtain a recount of the vote in Wisconsin. If the Green Party’s Jill Stein carries out plans to do the same in Pennsylvania and Michigan, Clinton campaign attorney Marc Elias wrote at Medium that it will join efforts there as well:
Beyond the post-election audit, Green Party candidate Jill Stein announced Friday that she will exercise her right as a candidate to pursue a recount in the state of Wisconsin. She has indicated plans to also seek recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides. If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well. We do so fully aware that the number of votes separating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the closest of these states — Michigan — well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount. But regardless of the potential to change the outcome in any of the states, we feel it is important, on principle, to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself.
The campaign is grateful to all those who have expended time and effort to investigate various claims of abnormalities and irregularities. While that effort has not, in our view, resulted in evidence of manipulation of results, now that a recount is underway, we believe we have an obligation to the more than 64 million Americans who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton to participate in ongoing proceedings to ensure that an accurate vote count will be reported.
Stein and the Greens have raised more than $5 million to cover the costs of a recount after computer scientists and election lawyers reported finding anomalies in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan—swing states—indications of possible manipulation or hacking. According to Matt Zapotosky:
The Clinton campaign had investigated the matter extensively. Elias wrote the campaign had “lawyers and data scientists and analysts combing over the results to spot anomalies” and had also “monitored and staffed the post-election canvasses — where voting machine tapes are compared to poll-books, provisional ballots are resolved, and all of the math is double checked from election night.” He wrote that the campaign had also met with outside experts and “attempted to systematically catalogue and investigate every theory that has been presented to us within our ability to do so.”
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