True to her word, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein filed for an election recount in the state of Wisconsin this afternoon, just 90 minutes before the deadline to file, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission. The move comes after Stein raised over $5 million through a fundraising effort to cover the cost of recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan — three key battleground states that helped Donald Trump gain the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the election. Trump won Wisconsin by a margin of just over 25,000 votes.
The Commission has received the Stein and Del La Fuente recount petitions. Details and news release posted soon at https://t.co/N3TrlOIqE1.— Wisconsin Elections (@WI_Elections) November 25, 2016
The money Stein has raised so far is enough to fund recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, according to her site, but she is asking for $7 million total to cover recounts in all three states. Stein says that Pennsylvania is up next, as she plans to file for a recount there on Monday. And if the full $7 million is raised, she will file for the Michigan recount on Wednesday.
Just because the first recount request has been filed doesn’t mean it will actually happen though; it still needs to be approved. And Elections Commission director Michael Haas has said there is little reason to believe that any of the votes have been manipulated, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. However, the Wisconsin Elections Commission has been preparing for a recount anyway, with the Associated Press estimating that the cost to counties could exceed $520,000. Stein has set aside $2.5 million for the Wisconsin recount alone, with most of that money going toward filing fees and attorney fees, according to the Green Party.