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WH petition asking for a recount in 2012 election receives response more than 7 months later

Voters at Voting CenterSome Americans may want a recount in the 2012 election, but it looks like the White House isn’t too keen on the idea.

According to the White House’s “We the People” page, a petition called “Recount the Election!” was created four days after President Obama saw victory on Nov. 6, 2012. The petition demanded a recount in the presidential election and elicited more than 73,000 signatures, crossing the pre-determined threshold requiring a response from the administration. As of Oct. 2011, petitions needed 25,000 signatures to warrant a response, but that threshold was changed to 100,000 signatures in January.

But it took the White House more than seven months to respond, much longer than it took to gather the required 25,000 signatures. And to no one’s surprise, the Obama administration is refusing to do a recount.

The “Recount the Election!” petition alleges that President Obama won the election — beating Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney — because of voter fraud. The petitioners referenced one county in Ohio where Obama received 106,258 votes, but, they said, there were only 98,213 eligible voters.

“It’s not humanly possible to get 108 percent of the vote,” the petition states.

But according to the White House’s response — the most recent of responses from the administration — President Obama only won 50.98 percent of votes in Wood County. It is unknown, however, if the petition was referring to Wood County in the first place.

“In fact there isn’t a county in Ohio that came anywhere close to reporting more total votes than it had registered voters,” the White House said.

The administration did say, though, that there are always going to be “irregularities and complaints” in a nationwide election, but told the petitioners there wasn’t going to be a recount.

“You don’t have to support President Obama or his vision for this country. But you have to acknowledge that all Americans, even those with whom you disagree, have the right to help to set our nation’s course,” the response said.

“Recount the Election!” was created after several instances of alleged voter fraud were uncovered in the 2012 election. Rep. Jim Moran’s (D-Va.) son was found supporting voter fraud in Virginia, and in another instance, an Ohio woman bragged about voting twice for President Obama.

But don’t hold out for a recount, the White House has already decided against that.

 

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