Jill Stein officially files vote recount request in Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s election commission is preparing to start the process of recounting the votes in the presidential election.

Presumably, Michigan and Pennsylvania will soon follow suit.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein maintains “that her push for election recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania was aimed at assessing the integrity of the U.S. voting system, not at undermining Republican Donald Trump’s White House victory.”

The Green Party nominee, however, has come “under fire after asking for additional money after her first goal of $2 million was surpassed earlier this week, claiming she now needed as much as $7 million to successfully push for a recount.”

Donald Trump has now weighed in, accusing Jill Stein of being, basically, an opportunistic scam artist:

“This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than 1% of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount,” he said. “All three states were won by large numbers of voters, especially Pennsylvania, which was won by more than 70,000 votes.”

“This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing,” he continued.

It does raise questions, considering that the chances of “such recounts overturning the overall result from the Nov. 8 election are extremely slim, given Trump’s margins of victory in the three states.”

And given that “speculation that electronic voting machines could be hacked has largely been debunked, primarily because the machines are not connected to the internet.”

Surely a very costly exercise in futility, if you reject Trump’s contention that there’s an ulterior motive behind the push for recounts:

The Green Party has said that despite the millions it has raised to fund the recounts, it could not guarantee any would occur and that if its requests were denied or there were surplus funds, it would use the money to push for voting system reforms.

In other words, the Green Party will be laughing all the way to the bank regardless of the results of the recounts, or even whether or not the recounts actually take place.

C’mon, for Pete’s sake. It’s the money, stupid.