De La Fuente Called For Nevada Counties To Recount Ballots
Apart from Green Party candidate Jill Stein who called for a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, another ballot recount is on the way after independent presidential candidate Roque De La Fuente paid about $14,000.
De La Fuente, who finished last in the state, requested for a recount on five Nevada counties where Hillary Clinton won. He said the move is to counterbalance a recount pushed by Stein on Wisconsin where President-elect Donald Trump won.
Carson City, Douglas, Mineral, Nye and Clark are scheduled to begin the recount within five days and complete it within five additional days.
Wayne Thorley, Nevada Deputy Secretary of State for Elections, said that if the results of the recount show at least 1% discrepancy for De La Fuente or Clinton, a full state recount will be launched.
In his statement last Tuesday, De La Fuente said that he would request for recounts in Nevada and Florida as both states "earned the right to be audited."
According to De La Fuente, he will be requesting to check the votes in Florida where Trump won as it had a tainted reputation in the elections, and in Nevada where Clinton led the votes after winning that state's caucus during the Democratic primary.
He said that his only interest is in creating a nationwide awareness of the vulnerability of the election system. He also wants to assure that the votes will be given for whom it was cast.
The Nevada law states that any candidate can request for a recount of votes. However, the officials will only determine the votes received by the requesting candidate and the person who won the election.
"Recounts at this level are a serious proposition. They need to be addressed in a non-partisan manner if their integrity is to be maintained. Auditing only states whose results would be advantageous to a particular candidate is not the way to do it," ended De La Fuente.