Hillary Clinton’s campaign said on Saturday that they will participate in recall efforts in Wisconsin and two other states, Michigan and Pennsylvania, should Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s campaign initiate them as expected.
Stein’s campaign filed for a recount in Wisconsin late Friday afternoon saying “These recounts are part of an election integrity movement to attempt to shine a light on just how untrustworthy the U.S. election system is” and that the “effort to recount votes in those states is not intended to help Hillary Clinton.
Stein has raked in an astounding $5.7 million dollars of their $7 million goal and the dollars continue to pour in from across the nation. The amount pales in comparison to the $3.5 million that she raised for her own campaign as a candidate on the Green Party ticket for President.
In a statement posted Saturday on Medium.com, Clinton campaign General Counsel, Marc Elias said that the campaign has been privately reviewing reports of voting irregularities and hadn’t conclusively found “any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology”.
Elias said the campaign had no intention to call for a recount, 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.”
The extent to which the Clinton campaign will participate is not immediately clear based on the statement they released Saturday afternoon, but said “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.
Stein called for the recounts after media reports that a number of data and political scientists had found irregularities in vote counts across the three swing states. Saying “they believe there is a questionable trend of Clinton performing worse in counties that relied on electronic voting machines compared to paper ballots and optical scanners.”
“It should go without saying that we take these concerns extremely seriously. We certainly understand the heartbreak felt by so many who worked so hard to elect Hillary Clinton, and it is a fundamental principle of our democracy to ensure that every vote is properly counted” said Elias.
In closing, Elias said “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.”