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Recounts a reality for the Presidential race

posted Dec 9, 2016, 4:58 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Korey Alder, Media Editor

Posted December 9th, 2016

The presidential election may be over, the drama surrounding it has inevitably lived on. Green Party candidate Jill Stein called for a hand recount in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, believing that voting machines had been either hacked or were not functioning properly. These recounts will likely have little effect on the election, however, for a variety of reasons.

In Wisconsin, the recount has come up with little of note so far, with the number of votes for Trump actually increasing slightly, while the number of votes for Clinton slightly decreased. This combined change was under 200 votes, so it’s unlikely that any change will be affected here. Michigan’s recount has been halted by a Federal Judge, and in Pennsylvania, the difference in vote count is still more than the 0.5% required before a recount will take place.

Because of this, it is highly unlikely that the final election results will change by December 12th, the deadline for votes to be finalized.