Jill Stein Widens Recount Effort to Pennsylvania
Jill Stein's campaign says recount requests were filed in more than 100 precincts in Pennsylvania on Monday
Green Party candidate Jill Stein is taking steps to launch a recount of Pennsylvania’s presidential election, Politico reports.
Stein’s campaign says recount requests were filed in more than 100 precincts in Pennsylvania on Monday, the deadline for filing challenges to the state’s general election results.
“The Stein recount effort is mobilizing concerned voters across Pennsylvania to request recounts in their precincts,” Stein campaign manager David Cobb said in a statement, according to Politico. “Additionally, the campaign filed a legal petition in state court today on behalf of 100 Pennsylvania voters to protect their right to substantively contest the election in Pennsylvania beyond the recounts being filed by voters at the precinct level. This petition will allow the campaign to pursue a full statewide recount in Pennsylvania if precinct-level recounts uncover any irregularities or tampering.”
Stein, the Green Party nominee for president, can’t contest the results herself as Pennsylvania’s election law prohibits candidates from filing a challenge, according to CBS Philly. Voters are allowed to file challenges in Pennsylvania’s 67 individual counties.
Stein’s recount efforts in the Keystone State come after she filed a petition for a recount in Wisconsin on Friday, which is expected to begin later this week. Hillary Clinton‘s campaign is participating in the Wisconsin recount, the democratic nominee’s general counsel revealed in a post published Saturday on Medium.
Stein had vowed to file for similar action in Michigan and Pennsylvania if she raised enough money. So far, she has raised more than $6 million to pay for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where President-elect Donald Trump earned key electoral victories. The Green Party’s initial goal was to raise $2 million, but as of Friday, that goal was raised to $7 million, according to CNN.
On Monday, the Board of State Canvassers certified that Trump won Michigan’s 16 electoral votes. That win gives Trump 306 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232.
Trump released a statement over the weekend on Stein’s efforts, which he referred to as “The Ridiculous Green Party Recount Request.”
“The people have spoken and the election is over,” Trump said, “and as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night, in addition to her conceding by congratulating me, ‘We must accept this result and then look to the future.’ It is important to point out that with the help of millions of voters across the country, we won 306 electoral votes on Election Day – the most of any Republican since 1988 – and we carried nine of 13 battleground states, 30 of 50 states, and more than 2,600 counties nationwide – the most since President Ronald Reagan in 1984.”
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“This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount,” the statement continued. “All three states were won by large numbers of voters, especially Pennsylvania, which was won by more than 70,000 votes.”
“This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing.”
Stein has cited “reported hacks into voter and party databases and individual email accounts” as the driving force behind her recount efforts.
She told CNN‘s John Berman on Thursday that “there were attempts made broadly on state voter databases and we know that we have an election system that relies a computer system that is wide to open hacks.”
“It’s extremely vulnerable,” she continued. “Americans deserve to have confidence in our vote.”
The Department of Homeland Security has said it has not seen any evidence of Election Day vote hacking.