WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Wisconsin election officials are requesting a presidential vote recount begin Thursday and finish by noon on December 13th. This, as votes are still being counted 20 days after Donald Trump was elected president. Wisconsin is the first of a possible three states to issue a recount. Jill Stein, who filed in Wisconsin, has yet to file in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
"Recounting sounds easy, but if we remember Bush v. Gore, it was very complicated, and time ran out," says Professor Paul Rothstein of Georgetown Law School.
Green party candidate Jill Stein earned just 31,000 votes in comparison to Donald Trump's 1.4 million and Hillary Clinton's 1.38 million in Wisconsin. Still, Stein is the one who has raised millions of dollars for the recount.
"I think it’s only natural, and it’s good for Americans to be reassured our votes are counted," said Stein, who is concerned about computer tampering. "The equipment that we use is not just open to hacks but invites hacks."
Stein has yet to point to a specific reason for the recount, but data experts have suggested there is a discrepancy between results in electronic and paper ballots.
Many have also expressed concerns about the results in light of alleged hacking during the campaign cycle.
Hillary Clinton's campaign has joined the recount efforts as well, though she will be unable to win the electoral college by winning one state. She will have to win all three to alter the results.
Additionally, if the recount isn't finished by the December 19th electoral vote, it's possible neither candidate will get any of those states' electoral votes. In that case, neither Clinton nor Trump would be able to reach the 270 needed to clinch the presidency. Instead, the decision to choose the president would head to the republican-controlled House of Representatives.
Professor Rothstein says Americans can expect legal battles throughout the duration of the recount process, specifically because two of the three potentially challenging states have republican governors.
"There will be charges that the process is being slowed or that it’s not being done right," he said. "That’s where the vulnerability for legal challenges are."
Rothstein says, however, if procedures are followed correctly and the results change, Donald Trump wouldn't have legal grounds to reverse the decision.