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After launching a recount effort in Wisconsins, Green Party expected to request one in Michigan too

Posted at 10:35 PM, Nov 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 09:06:18-05

The push to recount votes in three key states - Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan - is gaining momentum.

Former Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein has raised more than $4.5 million for a vote recount.

In Wisconsin the Election Commissions has officially accepted Stein’s petition.

If the results change in favor of Clinton in all three states, it would absolutely change the outcome.

But will the results change? Some experts say it’s not likely.

“It will be curious to see what the answer comes back,” says University of Michigan – Dearborn professor Tim Kiska. “My guess would be, in all probability it’s not going to change much.”

According to the Green Party not much has to change.

During a news conference today, George Martin, a party spokesperson, highlighted what he called significant public support for a recount.

“We have raised over 4 million dollars since Wednesday,” he said.

The Wisconsin Elections Committee announced it accepted the Green Party’s petition for a recount.

The Green Party says they singled out Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania for a recount because of “a vulnerability of their voting systems”, among other things - like an unusually low voter turnout and a huge difference between pre-election polling and the actual result.

Martin says the goal isn’t to change the election, rather to rebuild trust with the American voter.

“We’re not doing this for the benefit of a particular candidate but to the benefit of the American public,” he said.

Although Kiska believes the outcome will stay the same, he does agree a recount will help some voters accept the outcome and move on.

“So, maybe, this will be a good thing in the long run, in that it will put people’s minds to rest - maybe this was not a rigged election,” Kiska says.

The deadline for filing a recount petition in Michigan is Monday. In Pennsylvania it’s Wednesday.

The deadline for states to complete the recount is December 13th in all three state - something election officials say won’t be easy.