Election Recount

    The Green Party’s presidential candidate, Jill Stein, announced that she would pay for recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Stein explained why she wanted a recount, stating, “This has been a hack-riddled election. We have going machines that are extremely hack-friendly in an election that’s been very contentious.” Stein’s goal to raise $2.5 million was then turned into a goal of raising $4.5 million. Jill Stein explained the total cost, estimating $2-3 million in attorney’s fees with additional money for the actual recount, totaling about $6-7 million. This is particularly a lot of money for the Green Party since this year’s election was a record high for the amount of money raised from donors, $3,509,477. As of November 24th, it was reported that the Green Party had raised $3,875,502 towards recount efforts.

     Wisconsin is now the first state to start the presidential election recount. Polls predicted that Clinton would win Wisconsin; however Trump took this victory with less than a percentage point. Mike Haas, Wisconsin’s chief elections administrator, stated, “This is certainly not Bush v. Gore.” Stein was pushing for all recounts to be done by hand; however she lost the court challenge although many counties will recount ballots manually. Milwaukee county, the biggest county in the state, will feed the ballots to the same machines used on election night. In Dane County, the ballots will be counted by hand where Clinton won 71 percent of the vote. Dane County workers are now being paid $20 an hour, working two shifts for 12 hours a day, to have the recount done by December 12, 2016. County Clerk Scott McDonell stated, “ I think we will be very close to what was reported on election night.” Donald Trump won with 47.9% (1,409,467), Hillary Clinton with 46.9% (1,382,210), Gary Johnson with 3.6% (106,442), and Jill Stein with 1.1% (30,980).

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Trump Wins!

    Donald Trump has been deemed our 45th President of the United States! Trump is schedules to take office on January 20, 2017. This election was a very close one by popular votes, Clinton with 59,487,288 votes (47.7%) and Trump with 59,297,587 votes (47.5%). Donald J. Trump took 279 electoral votes while Hillary Clinton only took 228 electoral votes. Everyone was nervous regarding major states, such as Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, and whether or not they would be deemed Democratic or Republic. Blue states, since the 2012 election, have now turned red under the influence of Trump. For example, Michigan has turned to a red state, the first time since 1988. After winning, Trump tweeted, “Such a beautiful and important evening! The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before.” In his speech he added to this, believing, “It is time for us to come together as one united people.” President Barack Obama was “heartened” by Trump’s words and believes that, now, everyone is rooting for Trump’s success.

    Trump supporters and Clinton supporters have been rooted against each other since the very beginning of the presidential campaign; however the divide has never been this strong before. Clinton supporters took to social media to express their sadness over the outcome of the election. #NotMyPresident and #StillWithHer have been trending on Twitter, taking the #1 and #2 spots for most popular topics or trends on Twitter. In Clinton’s concession speech she tried to console her supporters, stating that Trump “must be given the chance to lead.” In addition to, Clinton has even offered her help to Trump throughout his presidency. Also, celebrities endorsing Clinton have publicly stated that if Trump was elected, they would move to Canada or other nations to get away from his authority. On Tuesday (November 9) night, the Canadian immigration website crashed due to the heavy amount of people logging onto their website. Trump supporters have taken to social media stating, “Start packing!” to pro-Clinton celebrities. In addition to Trump’s victory, Republicans were able to keep majority control over the Senate and the House. Overall, no matter every person’s personal political belief, the nation must come together and achieve success.

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