As if this election hasn't caused everyone enough stress, on Friday, November 25, the Jill Stein for President Campaign submitted a petition for recount in Wisconsin with mere hours to spare, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission has received recount— Wisconsin Elections (@WI_Elections) November 25, 2016
petitions from both the Stein and De La Fuente campaigns https://t.co/ksJ7dP35zm
Stein, the presidential Green Party candidate, garnered 1.2 million votes in the election, and many have made the case that she diverted votes away from Clinton. Maybe she's been racked by guilt for the past weeks. Maybe hasn't slept since the night we all learned Donald Trump would be the next President of the United States. Whatever the cause of her manic fundraising energy, Stein somehow managed to come up with more than $4 million since Wednesday. Independent candidate Rocky Roque De La Fuente also submitted a petition. Now, a recount will begin in Wisconsin.
On Saturday morning following the news of the recount, Marc Erik Elias, an attorney for Hillary Clinton's campaign, announced that the Clinton Campaign plans to participate in the recount as well, though they had not planned to pursue it themselves.
The Commission has assembled an internal team to direct the recount, which Commission Administrator Michael Haas explains is more thorough, expensive and time-consuming than just an audit: "In a recount, all ballots (including those that were originally hand counted) are examined to determine voter intent before being retabulated." Plus, they only have until the federal deadline of December 13 to complete it. Get ready for some long nights and weekends, vote counters.
The real question here is whether or not the recount will have any affect on the results of the election. Elias noted that the margin by which Trump won in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania (the three states Stein is hoping to petition), is larger than any outcome that has been successfully reversed by a recount. At the very least, a recount helps maintain a standard of election integrity.
If you want to get involved, you can donate money for the recounts in the other two Midwestern states whose deadline for petition are fast approaching. Or, you can sit back and watch the last month of 2016's madness unfold. Jesus, take the wheel.