Elec­tion re­count be­gins; two other states may fol­low

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

The te­dious task of re­count­ing Wis­con­sin’s nearly 3 mil­lion votes for pres­i­dent be­gan Thurs­day with scores of hastily hired tem­po­rary work­ers flip­ping through stacks of bal­lots.

The Wis­con­sin ac­tion could soon be du­pli­cated in Michi­gan and Penn­syl­va­nia, where Green Party pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Jill Stein was push­ing for re­counts. Don­ald Trump nar­rowly beat Hil­lary Clin­ton in all three states, but re­counts were not ex­pected to flip nearly enough votes to change the out­come in any of the states.

The Wis­con­sin re­count marked the first time in 16 years there was a can­di­date-driven re­count of a pres­i­den­tial re­count. But it doesn’t carry the same drama as the drama of the Florida pres­i­den­tial re­count of 2000, when the out­come of the elec­tion be­tween Al Gore and Ge­orge W. Bush hung in the bal­ance.

The fed­eral dead­line to cer­tify the vote to avoid hav­ing the fate of Wis­con­sin’s 10 elec­toral votes de­cided by Congress is Dec. 13.

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