Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says he’d consider changes to the state’s election recount statute that could limit such requests. And Walker said Friday he doesn’t expect the recount of presidential ballots now underway will result in any significant changes in the results.
“In the end, going through this recount might actually reaffirm peoples’ confidence in the system, because they’ll see even with the recount things I believe will be about the same,” Walker said.
But Walker, asked whether the results here might serve as a rebuttal to President-elect Donald Trump’s claims of illegal voting, said “that’s two different categories.” Trump took to Twitter this week to claim he would have won the popular vote if not for “the millions of people who voted illegally.”
“I haven’t looked at the particulars as to whether that’s possible or not,” Walker said.
AUDIO: Walker comments on recount (3:00)
The recount now underway in Wisconsin was initiated by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who finished fourth in state balloting. State Senator Devin LaMahieu, said he’d look at addressing the recount language in state statute during the upcoming legislative session.
Governor Walker said he’d “look at” any such changes. “I think a lot of people no matter where they sit on the political spectrum kind of scratch their head as to why someone would ask for a recount when they came in fourth,” Walker said. “To me it seems like a recount is most valuable if you think it was close.”