The Voting News Weekly: The Voting News Weekly for November 15-27 2016

Green Party candidate Jill Stein announced her intention to call for recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Michigan. The Clinton campaign has indicated that they will support the Green effort and Clinton campaign lawyer Mark Elias explained their rationale at Medium.com.

University of Michigan computer scientist Alex Halderman made the case for recounts observing that “the only way to know whether a cyberattack changed the result is to closely examine the available physical evidence — paper ballots and voting equipment in critical states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, nobody is ever going to examine that evidence unless candidates in those states act now, in the next several days, to petition for recounts.”

Michigan state election director Chris Thomas expressed confidence in the state’s ability to conduct a recount under the tight deadline imposed by the Electoral College. “Our plans are being drafted,” Thomas said. “We’re on top of it. We’ve got some blueprints on how it will be done.” Just under 4.8 million votes were cast for president in Michigan and all would be counted by hand under the state election code and the recount would need to be completed before the 16 members of Michigan’s electoral college meet on Dec. 19 to cast their votes for the winner of the presidential race.

Election officials in Wisconsin acknowledged the challenges with Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas estimating that the cost and complexity of the recount would be in excess of the state’s last recount in 2011, which carried a price tag of more than $520,000. In that recount over a state Supreme Court seat, the commission had to recount 1.5 million votes — about half the 2.975 million ballot votes that were cast during the 2016 presidential election.

Meanwhile, incumbent Governor Pat McCrory has requested a statewide recount of the gubernatorial race in North Carolina. Legislators in Virginia have proposed restrictions on third party voter registration drives.

Election tensions spilled onto Haiti’s streets with shots fired outside the presidential palace as various candidates claimed victory in a re-run vote and Malians burned ballot boxes and one candidate was kidnapped during local elections meant to fill posts left vacant in the north since Islamist militants hijacked a 2012 Tuareg rebellion and ousted the government.

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