iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The next deadline that has to be met in order for a vote recount to take place in Wisconsin is set for Tuesday afternoon, when the two third-party candidates who are pushing for the recount of the general election votes have to submit payment.
Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein or Roque Rocky De La Fuente — both of whom filed petitions for a recount of the presidential election results in Wisconsin — have to pay $3,499,689 for the process to continue.
The petitioners have until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to submit the money in full, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Donald Trump won the state with 1,404,000 votes and Hillary Clinton came in second with 1,381,823 votes, making a difference of 22,177 votes between the two. Stein had 31,006 votes and De La Fuente had 1,514 votes.
“I fully expect, given the history of how elections are conducted in Wisconsin … that the outcome is not going to be different” than the current results, Mark Thomsen, chair of the state’s elections commission, said at a news conference Monday.
Stein has said that she was calling for the recount “because of the vulnerability of … voting systems and various indicators of concern,” though she admitted that she does not expect the outcome of the election to change. Clinton’s team said that they will support the recount effort.
Trump tweeted that the recount was a “scam” on behalf of the Green Party and later made the unsubstantiated claim that he “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
Trump’s claims have not been independently verified and election officials from numerous states — including Wisconsin — have criticized Trump’s claim to having won the popular vote nationwide and said that there were no instances of widespread illegal voting in their states.
Stein set up a fundraising page on her website last week, saying that the money raised would be put toward recount efforts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
According to the site, she has raised more than $6.4 million for the efforts.
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