From Brent Griffiths for POLITICO:
After a period of public silence about the results of the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton’s top campaign lawyer said the campaign will play a role in the Wisconsin recount initiated Friday by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. The Clinton campaign will follow the same approach in Michigan and Pennsylvania if the third-party hopeful pursues recounts in those states.
“Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but 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,” Marc Elias, Clinton’s general counsel, wrote Saturday on Medium
The role that Medium has played in all this is interesting as it was here that University of Michigan professor J. Alex Halderman clarified his position on a potential recount. At any rate, this Elias:
most importantly, we have monitored and staffed the post-election canvasses — where voting machine tapes are compared to poll-books, provisional ballots are resolved, and all of the math is double checked from election night. During that process, we have seen Secretary Clinton’s vote total grow, so that, today, her national popular vote lead now exceeds more than 2 million votes.
In the coming days, we will continue to perform our due diligence and actively follow all further activities that are to occur prior to the certification of any election results. For instance, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania conduct post-election audits using a sampling of precincts. Michigan and many other states still do not. This is unfortunate; it is our strong belief that, in addition to an election canvass, every state should do this basic audit to ensure accuracy and public confidence in the election.
As I speculated here a few days ago, Democrat operative were already on the ground in Wisconsin and Elias confirms as much. Now that the Clinton campaign is no longer hiding behind Jill Stein, Trump’s people can no longer stay on the sidelines and with his decision to deride a ground game, he has no assets on the ground. He will have to rely on Gov. Scott Walker’s machine.
Nonetheless, the poo-pooing by Republicans will have to end about recounts as its clear Democrats will challenge the vote in the rust belt states they let get away. And its a fight they’ve been preparing to have since Florida in 2000.