The Hillary Clinton campaign has announced that they will be supporting the recount effort initiated by Green Party candidate Jill Stein in Wisconsin. “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” wrote Clinton attorney Marc Erik Elias in an online Medium post.
Stein successfully raised the staggering $1.1 million needed to fund the recount in Wisconsin and filed the petition an hour before last night’s deadline. The margin of victory for Trump in Wisconsin was minuscule and allegations of vote tampering continue to dog the final total. The Clinton campaign will support similar efforts in Pennsylvania and Michigan should Stein succeed in filing the proper paperwork there and paying the outrageous recount costs.
“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.
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.
Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote has jumped to 2.2 million votes. Obviously, the Clinton camp couldn’t initiate the recount process themselves out of respect for the integrity of our electoral system and an admittedly unconvincing case for the recount itself. But if Stein is ready to do the heavy lifting, the Clinton camp certainly isn’t going to complain. The odds of this turning out to have any substantial results are bleak indeed – but it’s worth a shot.
Of course, if Stein had told her voters to vote for Clinton in the first place, perhaps we wouldn’t be in this mess.
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.