Recount unlikely to make a difference in 2016 election

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Key swing states where the numbers were especially close, like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania are all organizing recounts.

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Key swing states where the numbers were especially close, like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania are all organizing recounts.

The presidential election was close, like really close. With Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump biting each other’s heels the entire race, it seemed almost inevitable that whatever way the election turned out, there would be many calling for a recount.

Unsurprisingly, that’s exactly what happened, but not just for the presidential election, local recounts are being called for as well. Key swing states where the numbers were especially close, like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania are all organizing recounts. These efforts are expected to cost an upwards of million, maybe even billions of dollars.

First, it is important to point out that it is very unlikely that anything will actually come out of this recount. Besides the fact that it will waste taxpayer money, time, and energy, the recount also means that this election will be on the front of everyone’s mind for a few more months.

Not that it wouldn’t be there anyway, but instead of thinking of ways to improve the situations of people within our society, the nation is looking to a counterproductive, incredibly expensive but not actual solution to the problem they face.

This article was not meant to say that those who are frustrated with the outcome of the election should “suck it up” or “stop complaining.” Only that asking for a recount is unproductive, and the energies of everyone in the community should instead focus their energies on the new administration and making their voices heard.

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