From Chris Conley for WHBL:
UNDATED (WSAU) – Documents calling for a recount of the presidential election vote in Wisconsin will be filed today by the campaign of Green Party nominee Jill Stein. Her campaign said yesterday it has raised enough money, $1.1-million, to pay for the recount in the state.
Today is the deadline for Stein to notify the state election commission. A state spokesman says her lawyers have already made contact saying that a recount request will be made.
Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by about 27,000 votes in Wisconsin. Stein finished fourth with about 1-percent of the vote. State law says any recognized candidate can request a recount.
Wisconsin uses a combination of computerized voting machines and scanned ballots. Other states, like Pennsylvania, use no paper ballots. The deadline for requesting a recount has already past in Pennsylvania. Money raised would be used for a court challenge.
In a departure from the breathless reporting from earlier in the week, Stein has “admitted her campaign does not have any specific allegations of voter fraud.” The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel reports that Stein’s effort is likely to become a money pit:
Stein’s fundraising goal was $2.5 million — and donors blew right past it. At that point, as New York magazine first reported, the goal spiked to $4.5 million, and new language on the donation page admitted that costs could rise higher. “The costs associated with recounts are a function of state law,” wrote the Stein campaign. “Attorney’s fees are likely to be another $2 million -3 million, then there are the costs of the statewide recount observers in all three states. The total cost is likely to be $6 million-7 million.”
As on this morning, $4.7 million has been pledged to Stein’s Green Party in what Weigel calls “the largest donation drive for a third party in history.”