Some people (including the Journal Times) thought the Wisconsin presidential recount was a waste. I disagree.
The Jill Stein campaign, who paid for the recount, suspected that computer “hacking” might have influenced the election. If they also hoped to gain recognition for Stein, so be it. Discussion of hacking continues, but the recount shows that it did not affect our election process.
Donald Trump before the election charged that it was “rigged.” Afterwards, he claimed that he had actually won the popular vote, thereby suggesting that the voting process was corrupted. The recount showed that his claims, at least in Wisconsin, were bogus.
The recount, allowing more time to examine ballots with “problems,” added votes to both candidates — with a 131 vote net gain for Trump, but it validated the hard work of our state’s election officials and the thousands of election-day poll workers.
The recount verified the integrity of Wisconsin’s election process, at no cost to the taxpayers. And it certainly suggests that the process was also valid in other states. It was worthwhile.