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POLITICS, US

Election recount?

BBC reports Green Party candidate Jill Stein has raised enough funds to get a recount of the Wisconsin election.

Donald Trump won the state of Wisconsin 47.9 per cent to Clinton’s 46.9 per cent (and Stein receiving 1 per cent) of the votes.

However, the article repeats several times that experts say there is no evidence to suggest any illegal activities won Trump the election.

Most states, including Wisconsin, have procedures for determining when or if a recount ought to take place.

In principle, having a recount is part of the democratic process to ensure the accuracy of votes. The fact Stein was able to raise the funds privately to carry out the recount only reinforces this.

However, since no evidence of wrongdoing is currently being suggested – by anyone – this seems more like an act of desperation from someone who only received 1 per cent of the vote.

Interestingly, Trump’s election victory has brought out a mixed blessing as far as democracy goes. It is good to see people expressing themselves and taking advantage of their rights which in some other countries would end in bloodshed and martial law.

If there is wrongdoing in any of the elections then this should be made public.

While Stein raising the funds to get a recount is news, it is another in a growing list of anti-Trump news the media is obsessed in reporting – and he is not even president yet.

In the absence of any evidence, I do not think Trump stole the election with help from the Russians. Although I am sure there are many, many people who take comfort in the fact such a conspiracy is far more likely (again, in the absence of any evidence) than 62 million people disagreeing with them about who should be president of the United States.

Nah, Russian conspiracy makes more sense.

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