Re­count pushes on

Baltimore Sun - - TRUMP TRANSITION - —As­so­ci­ated Press

NEW YORK — The ef­fort to re­count votes in the pres­i­den­tial race, led by Green Party can­di­date Jill Stein and joined by Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign, marched on Mon­day in three states, based partly on the Stein cam­paign’s un­sub­stan­ti­ated as­ser­tion that cy­ber­hack­ing could have in­ter­fered with elec­tronic vot­ing ma­chines. Wis­con­sin of­fi­cials ap­proved plans to be­gin a re­count as early as Thursday.

Stein also asked for a re­count in Penn­syl­va­nia and was ex­pected to do the same in Michi­gan, where of­fi­cials cer­ti­fied Trump’s vic­tory Mon­day.

Trump has an­grily de­nounced the re­counts and now­claims with­out ev­i­dence that he, not Clin­ton, would have won the pop­u­lar vote if it hadn’t been for “mil­lions of peo­ple who voted il­le­gally.” On Twit­ter, he sin­gled out Vir­ginia, Cal­i­for­nia and New Hamp­shire.

There has been no in­di­ca­tion of wide­spread elec­tion tam­per­ing or voter fraud in those states or any oth­ers, and Trump aides strug­gled Mon­day to back up their boss’ claim.

Spokesman Ja­son Miller said il­le­gal vot­ing was “an is­sue of con­cern.” But the only ev­i­dence he raised was a 2014 news re­port and a study on vot­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties con­ducted be­fore the 2016 elec­tion.

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