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Thursday, 01 December 2016 16:20

Recount underway in Walworth County

ELKHORN -- About 20 volunteer ballot counters were hunkered down Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in the basement of the Walworth County Government Center in Elkhorn to begin the presidential election recount.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and independent candidate Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente filed recount requests last Friday and will pay the cost of the recount.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission earlier this week received about $3.5 million from Stein's group to cover the recount in Wisconsin's 72 counties.

The Walworth County recount was being overseen by County Clerk Kim Bushey, as several Stein observers watched the volunteers went through the ballots.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted unanimously Monday on a timeline for a recount of the state's presidential election and rejected a request that all of the nearly 3 million ballots cast be reviewed by hand, according to the Associated Press.

Stein's Wisconsin recount request included an affidavit from University of Michigan computer scientist J. Alex Halderman stating that a hand recount is the only way to determine whether there could have been a cyberattack that affected the results. He argued that records stored in electronic voting equipment could have been manipulated in an attack.

The decentralized nature of Wisconsin's voting system, and the fact that the equipment in question is not connected to the internet, makes it difficult to see how there could have been a widespread attack, said Wisconsin Election Commission administrator Mike Haas.

 

ELKHORN -- Walworth County Clerk Kimberly Bushey is seeking volunteers to serve as tabulators at the upcoming statewide Presidential recount, according to a news release from the clerk's office.

A tabulator counts ballots under the direction of the county clerk and board of canvassers.

Tabulators must be 18 years old. Those interested should e-mail their name, address, telephone number and e-mail address to Kimberly Bushey or stop by the County Clerk’s office, Room 101 at the Walworth County Government Center, 100 W. Walworth Street, Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

Email Bushey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The effort comes at the request of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who raised $6 million to recount presidential ballots in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, three states the Donald Trump won by slim margins.

A group of computer scientists, including John Bonifaz, a voting rights attorney, and J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, according to New York Magazine, say the detected discrepencies in vote totals for counties that used computer ballots versus those that used optical scanning machines, like those used in Walworth County.

The recount would have to tilt in favor of Hillary Clinton in all three states to change the Electoral College outcome.

 

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