Wisconsin voters mixed on historic recount

Posted at 6:39 PM, Nov 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-25 19:54:50-05

The wheels are already in motion for a historic recount. Two candidates filed to have Wisconsin’s votes in the presidential election counted again.

Jill Stein, the Green party candidate, and Rocky De La Fuente, the Independent party candidate, both filed Friday afternoon. While the Wisconsin Elections Commission prepares for the lengthy process, word is spreading to voters across the state.

"I think it's a great idea," said Carol Byrne of Milwaukee.

"I appreciate the recount because I believe that Hillary Clinton should have been the president," added Democrat Keith Cruse.

Cole Parleir, a Republican visiting from Illinois, also supports the Wisconsin recount.

"I think any time there's a question of integrity in our election system it needs to be addressed," said Parleir.

The big concern for the filing parties is the possibility of hacked voter machines.

"It certainly is a possibility, there's hacking going on all the time with computers," added Bryne.

Marquette student Daniel Adsett doesn't mind seeing the recount, but says he’s accepted the results of the election.

"I mean, I don't know what the other possibility would be," said Adsett.

While Wisconsin is the first state in which the green and independent parties have filed for recount, they plan to do the same in Michigan and Pennsylvania next week. For a potential shift in the election results, votes would need to significantly swap sides in all three states.

"I highly doubt it will change the outcome," said Adsett. "It might have a difference of maybe a thousand votes here or there."

The Wisconsin recount is expected to officially begin next week. Wisconsin could now be at risk of missing a Dec. 13 deadline to certify its ten electoral votes if municipal clerks can't complete an expected recount by then.