Race Not Over! Trump Worried Over Votes Recount

President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Nov. 10, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Nov. 10, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Eyeing a possibility of result reversal, the Clinton camp has decided to support the votes recount initiated by Jill Stein.

By Rakesh Raman

The race may not yet be over. After her vote recount petition in Wisconsin, former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is exploring similar recounts in multiple states where the U.S. presidential election concluded on November 8.

Earlier it was believed that the Wisconsin recount may not change the outcome of the election in which Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won by defeating her Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.

However, if the recount happens in more states Trump must be a worried President-elect, mainly because Clinton won the popular vote by a whopping margin of nearly 2 million votes.

Besides Wisconsin, the immediate target states where the recount is expected are Pennsylvania and Michigan. Here Trump’s vote lead over Clinton is very small – in Pennsylvania 70,010 votes, in Michigan just 10,704 votes, and in Wisconsin 27,257 votes.

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Eyeing a possibility of result reversal, the Clinton camp has decided to support the recount initiated by Stein. Although Stein may not gain anything in her efforts toward recount, she wants to expose the flaws in the American democracy and the electoral system. She wants to apply for the recount in other states where deadlines have not yet passed.

After opening a fundraising drive on Wednesday, according to Stein, the campaign raised the needed funds for Wisconsin within a matter of hours.

Trump has expressed concerns with his usual unsubstantiated Twitter attacks, saying it is a Green Party scam supported by defeated Democrats.

Stein, who had warned that the election may be rigged, has been demanding open debates, an end to voter ID laws and voter suppression, and ranked choice voting – a system just adopted by the state of Maine that allows voters to rank their choices knowing that if their first choice loses, their vote is automatically reassigned to their second choice.

Moreover, she has cautioned about the flaws in the voting mechanism. “We are using voting machines that have been proven to be highly vulnerable to hacking. In an election riddled with hacking – of voter databases, the Democratic Party database, and private emails – our voting machines have been an invitation to tampering and malfeasance,” Stein said.

Earlier, even Trump had expressed his apprehension by saying that the November election may be rigged, paving the way for his Democratic rival Clinton’s presidency. But now he is complaining about the votes recount.

Meanwhile, protesters have decided to disrupt the Inauguration Day ceremony on January 20, 2017 when Trump is scheduled to begin his four-year term as President.

Stein has also planned major anti-Trump demonstrations. “We will be building Occupy Inauguration protests in January,” she had said.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government award-winning journalist and runs free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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