UW political scientist skeptical of Wisconsin recount effort

KING 5's John Langeler reports. (NBC)

SEATTLE, Wash. -- University of Washington Political Scientist Stuart Streichler has been in the election trenches. He gave legal counsel for Al Gore's first White House run and to the re-election effort of President Obama, and also seen first hand how actual vote counting works.

"All across the United States are a substantial number of what we call 'spoiled ballots,'" said Streichler, "There's always problems. There's always going to be some change in the vote. It's not a perfect system."

The system is now being questioned by those who failed in the November presidential election. Led by an effort from Green Party candidate Jill Stein, and supplemented by a team from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, the first recount will be discussed Monday in Wisconsin.

Similar recount appeals are planned in Pennsylvania and Michigan, though, at least according to the Clinton camp, there is little expectation of a change in the ultimate results.

"The system is so decentralized that if there was ever any attempt at a conspiracy to hack into the election nationally," said Streicher, "It'd be very difficult.

"If I was a lawyer in charge of this," he continued, "I'd say, 'you know, you might run into the same problem that undermined the Gore campaign (in 2000), which is the deadline.'"

States have until December 13 to recount ballots before the electoral college chooses the President six days later.

Meanwhile, President-elect Donald Trump wrote on Twitter there was "serious voter fraud" in California, New Hampshire, and Virginia.  Streicher, and other experts and election watchdogs dispute that claim.

"There's no evidence of widespread voter fraud," he stated, "On the other side, you have (claims from Democrats) of voter suppression."

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