Now that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has received over $5 million to fund a recount in Wisconsin, and other battleground states, an official from the Clinton campaign has announced that they would be assisting with the recount efforts, even as the final results are not expected to change.
The Clinton campaign has already been on the lookout for tampering
Marc Elias, general counsel for the Clinton campaign, said in a post on Medium this morning that the organization will “participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides.”
Since the election, Elias noted, the Clinton campaign has been working to examine the election results, consulting with data scientists and lawyers to look for evidence of tampering, and has been weighing its options when it comes to audits and recounts. Thus far, their efforts have not uncovered any “evidence of manipulation of results.”
The Clinton campaign will assist the Green Party if recounts proceed in Pennsylvania and Michigan
The Wisconsin Elections Commission acknowledged that it has received the formal request to recount its ballots, while the Stein campaign has upped their fundraising request to $7 million to further cover costs in Pennsylvania and Michigan. Should the Green Party ask for recounts in those two states, Elias noted that the Clinton campaign would be assisting with those efforts as well.
Yesterday, the Obama Administration noted that the election results “accurately reflect the will of the American people,” following reports that Russia might have played a part in the distribution of fake news, and after cybersecurity expert Alex Haldeman argued that voting systems were prone to hacking.
Update: 3:50PM: President-elect Donald Trump has weighed on on the recount effort, saying in a statement that it is a scam and that the election results should be respected.