Amid hacking rumours, Green Party leader and former candidate for the United States 2016 presidential elections Jill Stein on Friday filed a request for a vote recount of the elections in Wisconsin.
Stein has decided to challenge the results in the state after a group of computer scientists and activists suggested a possible hacking in three battleground states results. Wisconsin is one of the key battleground states won by Republican Donald Trump which subsequently led to his victory.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission on Friday said that it is "preparing to move forward with a statewide recount of votes for President of the United States" after Stein's request. The Green Party has cited unspecified "anomalies" as the grounds to challenge a cote recount. Stein's party won only 1% of the vote.
"These recounts are part of an election integrity movement to attempt to shine a light on just how untrustworthy the US election system is. After a divisive and painful presidential race, reported hacks into voter and party databases and individual email accounts are causing many Americans to wonder if our election results are reliable," Stein's fund raising website said.
"These concerns need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified. We deserve elections we can trust."
According to the commission, the deadline for finishing the recounting of votes is December 13. The commission also said that at the moment it is still calculating the amount that it will charge from the Green Party for a recount.
Stein has witnessed a significant success in her fund raising goals for the votes recount, she said that till now she has raised more $4.8 million of her $7million goal. The Green Party leader also said that she plans to challenge the votes in two other key states Pennsylvania and Michigan which President-elect Trump won. The deadline for filing a recount in Pennsylvania is Monday and in Michigan it is Wednesday next week.
Activists have been urging former presidential candidate Democrat Hillary Clinton to challenge the votes in these three states too amid rising questions about legitimacy of Donald Trump's election win. Many are also demanding Clinton to be declared as the winner as she clearly won the popular vote deemed as 'people's vote' by two million.