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Trump wins Michigan’s 16 electoral votes, state board says

Michigan certified Donald Trump as the winner of its electoral votes Monday, but expects to face a recount as the president-elect’s opponents vow to fight the results of the Nov. 8 election, pursuing new counts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who placed a distant fourth in the national presidential voting, said she’s ready to pay for the recount in Wisconsin, and added her voice to calls for a recount in Pennsylvania, ahead of a Monday deadline.

The deadline for demanding a new count in Michigan is later this week.

“After a presidential election tarnished by the use of outdated and unreliable machines and accusations of irregularities and hacks, people of all political persuasions are asking if our election results are reliable,” Ms. Stein said in a statement. “We must recount the votes so we can build trust in our election system.”

The push for a recount has been spurred by vague claims of incongruities in voting. Mr. Trump has countered that he faced headwinds from those who voted illegally, which he said is more than enough to have compensated for his loss in the national popular vote to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

In the Electoral College, Mr. Trump’s margin of victory was built by his wins in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — three states that have voted Democratic for more than a generation, but which he swung.

Though he’d been projected the winner in Michigan since early Nov. 9, it was only Monday that the state’s canvassing board certified that he’d won — by fewer than 11,000 votes.

That gives Mr. Trump an expected 306 electoral votes to Mrs. Clinton’s 232.

Ms. Stein has raised more than $ 6 million to finance recount efforts. The Clinton campaign has said it is backing her, but Ms. Stein said she doubts they’ll take an active role.

She insisted her recount bid is not about boosting Mrs. Clinton — and indeed said she’d called for a recount in Michigan even before Mr. Trump was certified the winner on Monday. She said she would have pursued a recount even if Mrs. Clinton had come out on top.

“We are not here with a partisan ax to grind,” she said on MSNBC.

She did not detail any specific evidence of fraud. Instead she said reports during the campaign of the Democratic National Committee’s computer system being hacked and of several state elections boards facing hack attempts raised too many questions.

“The nature of hacking is that you don’t see it if you don’t look,” she said.

A group of elections and computer experts briefed the Clinton campaign team earlier this month on differences between the vote in Wisconsin jurisdictions that used paper ballots versus touchscreen voting. The advocates said Mr. Trump’s higher vote percentage on touchscreen machines could be an indication of hacking — though other computer experts dismissed that, saying it’s nowhere near conclusive and offering other explanations.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, said the easiest explanation for the difference was that voters in rural Wisconsin backed Mr. Trump overwhelmingly.

“Hard to justify #Recount2016 to the taxpayers when the winner won by over 22K votes,” he said in a Twitter post.

Mark Thomsen, chairman of Wisconsin’s elections commission and a Democrat, also batted away accusations.

“I don’t expect that the outcome will be quantitatively different,” he said as he and his fellow board members announced a speedy schedule for the recount in their state.

Source: www.washingtontimes.com stories: Politics

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