Green Party nominee Jill Stein has raised more than $6 million for her effort to recount votes cast in the battleground states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. She has already obtained permission from the state of Wisconsin to move ahead with a recount, but is waiting for decisions in Michigan and Pennsylvania in order to advance. 
 
On November 26, Hillary Clinton’s campaign attorney announced that the Clinton campaign will join with leftist Jill Stein to overturn the election that Trump won in the Electoral College. So far, Clinton has apparently won in the popular vote by approximately 2 million votes cast while Trump claims that he would have won if not for millions of “illegal” voters.
 
Clinton conceded the election on November 9. Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Elias said that while the campaign “had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology,” the campaign will participate in the recount in Wisconsin, and in any forthcoming recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania. 
 
During the third presidential debate, Trump refused to say whether he would accept the results of the coming election, thus sparking widespread criticism among Democrats and the media. “That is horrifying,” Clinton responded after Trump’s refusal. “That is not the way our democracy works. We’ve been around for 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections. We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them. And that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during a general election. I, for one, am appalled that somebody that is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that kind of position.”
 
She later denounced Trump and said that he poses a "direct threat to our democracy.”
 
But after the election, Clinton changed her tone and urged her supporters to “accept the results and look to the future.” She said, “Donald Trump is going to be our president...We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”
 
No commensurate action has apparently been taken by Republicans, for the most part. So far, the Wisconsin Republican party has not asked for donations or volunteers. The Pennsylvania Republican party has also refrained from asking for help in stemming the prospective recount. However, the Republican party of Michigan has issued a request for donations and volunteers today. 
 
So far, there is nothing at the website of the national GOP about volunteers or donations specifically to fend off the recount.
 
The Michigan GOP is, however, calling on supporters to get involved in working on a possible Presidential election vote recount. State GOP Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel says that she is confident that Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein are cooperating in the recount effort. Yesterday, she told WWJ Newsradio 950, “It’s just an unfortunate turn of events that Jill Stein is mounting an effort when she has no credible case as to why a recount is needed.”
 
Tomorrow, it is likely that the Michigan Board of State Canvassers will certify the results of the election. Stein would then have until November 30 to request a recount. “There’s been no evidence of any election issues, fraud or hacking,” McDaniel said. “I think this is a wasted effort, I think it’s unfortunate that she’s putting the voters of Michigan through this process, but I’m confident that in the end Donald Trump will remain the victor in Michigan.”
 
“Clearly they’re working together — the Clinton campaign doesn’t want to take the lead,” McDaniel said. “It’s unfortunate because it means that our process will be delayed, but in the end I have every confidence, first of all, in our election process here in Michigan and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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