Wisconsin Recount Update: Trump Loses 2 Votes; Stein Gains Most
The first day of the Wisconsin recount is over, and, perhaps ironically (or not, depending on your perspective), it was Green Party candidate Jill Stein who gained the most votes in the updated returns.
Stein’s vote tally increased by 17 votes (she went from 7 votes to 24 in the only reporting county), according to the Wisconsin Election Commission’s day 1 spreadsheet.
If some were hoping the recount would help Hillary Clinton and hurt Donald Trump, it didn’t on day 1 anyway. Hillary Clinton lost a grand total of one vote, and Donald Trump lost two. That means Trump lost a grand total of a net 1 vote on day 1 of the recount.
That’s not going to go very far toward flipping the state. Wisconsin has 71 more counties to go (including populous ones, like Milwaukee), and Trump leads by more than 22,000 votes. The recount is historic; it’s the first presidential recount requested by a candidate since 2000, says WTMJ-TV. Stein is also trying to force recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan; in Michigan, Trump has the ability to object to a recount, and he did so on December 1, calling it a “farce.”
Designated observes watch as tabulators work on recounting presidential ballots in Dane County (Wis.) on December 1, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Getty)
To be clear, the day 1 vote totals from Wisconsin don’t mean anything when it comes to predicting the recount’s outcome because of the recount’s snail’s pace; only one tiny Wisconsin county – Menominee – had completed its returns by the end of the day on December 1, the first day of the first 2016 presidential recount in the country. That was a county that went for Clinton. However, a smattering of other villages and towns had also completed their results, and no one was reporting much had changed. Examples:
It’s perhaps just ironic that it was Stein who pulled in the most new votes, gaining a grand total of 17 votes from Menominee County, which is the home of the Menominee Nation Indian reservation. Stein shelled out $3.5 million in donor money for the Wisconsin recount. However, it didn’t cost her very much in Menominee County. The Menominee only charged $200 for their hand recount, according to the Election Commission. In contrast, Milwaukee County is costing Stein more than half a million dollars all by itself.
This is what the Wisconsin Election Commission wrote about the day 1 returns:
“Menominee County has concluded its Recount for President, and its numbers are included in the spreadsheet. The minutes of each county board of canvassers will include an explanation of any change of 10 or more votes in a reporting unit. This is the explanation provided by the Menominee County Clerk for the differences in numbers between the canvass and the recount:
Johnson/Weld — different by 12 due to human error. Didn’t get added to our tally sheet.
Stein/Baraka — different by 17 due to human error. Wards 1,3,4,5 didn’t get added to tally sheet.”
The Excel spreadsheet itself compares the original vote totals to the recount totals. Here is what the spreadsheet said Menominee County reported. The rest of the spreadsheet was blank at the end of day 1 because, even though some other municipalities are done, no other counties as a whole are.
Original Vote Totals – Menominee County
Wards 1, 3-5
Wards 1, 3-5
Read more about the Wisconsin recounts here:
Thank you for bearing with us as we navigate these uncharted waters. Michigan has not conducted a statewide recount in recent history, and a recount petition filed by a candidate who received 1% of the vote is unprecedented. Rest assured, your team at the Michigan Republican Party is working nonstop to make sure that your vote is protected.
In an effort to keep you informed on what is happening, we are providing you with some updated talking points. Please know that we are getting information to you as quickly as possible and we will continue to keep you updated.
Thank you for all that you are doing! If you have not yet, please visit migop.org/recountto sign up for a volunteer shift today.
- Today, we filed an objection with the Michigan Board of Canvassers arguing that the recount petition filed by Jill Stein should be denied.
- Our objection sites multiple reasons:
- Jill Stein is not an “aggrieved” party, as one must be to file for a recount in Michigan.
- An aggrieved party must believe that they can change the outcome of the election, and Jill Stein herself has acknowledged that she does not believe the results will change.
- An aggrieved party must give specific evidence of fraud or wrongdoing. The Stein campaign has provided neither.
- We FIRMLY believe that this recount should not go forward. It is an absolute waste of time, and more importantly, Michigan taxpayer dollars. Our votes were tabulated and the results were certified.
- The next part of our objection is that, a hand recount cannot finish in time for Michigan to have our Electoral College votes counted.
- The Stein campaign waited until the last possible minute to file their petition for recount.
- They are asking for the costliest and more time-consuming recount process.
- A hand recount of Michigan’s votes cannot possibly be completed in time, and the process will lead to errors. Poll workers will need to work with tremendous speed for long hours, and mistakes are inevitable.
- There is no way of reliably counting ballots by hand, nor is there any reason to as machines are more reliable and less likely to create opportunity for fraud than human error.
- If a hand recount is done, not only is there is grave risk of human error, it also cannot be completed prior to the December 13 safe harbor date that ensures the seating of our electors at the electoral college.
- There is no reason to believe that even a machine recount could be completed by Dec. 13th, but it would be a better option.
- The objection also states that Stein’s recount petition was not validly notarized, and therefore, is invalid. Stein’s petition was notarized in Massachusetts and left out critical requirements. Per Michigan law, the flaw in the notarization should cause the recount petition to be rejected.
- The Clinton campaign has sent an email to Michiganders asking them to volunteer on Secretary Clinton’s behalf in the recount, stating that they are interested in protecting the votes cast for Clinton in Michigan. The best way to protect those votes is to end the recount. The votes were counted and certified. The Clinton campaign and all Michigan Democrats should call for an immediate end to this recount.
This process is ongoing. Thank you for your help! If you have not, please visit migop.org/recount to sign up for a recount volunteer shift today, and if you can, donateto help us fund the staff and resources we need to protect our movement.