Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is defending her decision to ask for recounts in three states that helped give President-elect Donald Trump his victory, arguing there could have been issues with how the votes were counted.
Trump's victory is highly unlikely to be reversed in any of the states, but Stein has said the recount will ensure the integrity of the election.
Stein and Independent candidate Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente each requested a recount Friday in Wisconsin.
Stein's team is also expected to request a recount in Wisconsin no later than Wednesday. "Additionally, the campaign filed a legal petition in state court today on behalf of 100 Pennsylvania voters to protect their right to substantively contest the election in Pennsylvania beyond the recounts being filed by voters at the precinct level".
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November 8 presidential balloting by 71,000 votes in Pennsylvania, and - unless a large-scale cyber-attack on the state's election system is uncovered - it will be hard to alter the overall voting results.
Stein faced a 4:30 p.m. deadline to deliver the money so a recount could start on Thursday.
The Board of State Canvassers has four members. He won 74 combined electoral votes in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania-all blue states in the last two presidential elections, comprising the area of the country most responsible for his Electoral College triumph. The county clerks expect to hire temporary workers to assist the county boards to recount the ballots.
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"I see the whole Jill Stein thing as nothing more than a ridiculous fundraising and publicity stunt", Mr. Ryan said in an interview on WCLO Radio.
The US state of MI, where the vote count after the November 8 election took almost three weeks officially proclaimed Republican Donald Trump the victor over Democrat Hillary Clinton by slightly more than 10,000 votes.
Trump edged Clinton by some 71,000 votes, or about 1 percent, in Pennsylvania. She has garnered 64,429,062 votes, to Trump's 62,352,375, according to the most recent numbers from The Associated Press.
Wisconsin must complete the recount by December 13 or face losing control of its 10 electoral votes to Congress.
Stein said she's not requesting the recount because she thinks it will change the outcome.
Trump's campaign has called the Green Party's recount push "a scam".