During the campaign, Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, was hardly mentioned. Her supporters might say it was a conspiracy, but the truth is that no Green candidate has received many votes. But Stein is making headlines now—with a fundraising campaign to require a recount of the “rustbelt” states—Pennsylvania (20), Wisconsin(10), and Michigan (16). If she could flip those three states, Donald Trump’s electoral vote total would drop from an estimated 306 to just to 260, ten short of a win.

How close were these states? Unofficial totals showed a difference of 68,236 for Pennsylvania, 27,257 for Wisconsin, and only 11, 612 for Michigan. That’s a total of 107,105 out of 134,421,870, or just 8/100 of 1% of the total vote. Stein thinks that’s too close, irrespective of the total popular vote, which went decisively for Hillary Clinton.

But in her press release, Stein said it wasn’t about Trump or Clinton. It was about election integrity, which was one of the buzzwords in the Trump campaign.

Today, the Stein/Baraka campaign announced their intent to file for a recount of votes in the battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, leading a multi-partisan effort to check the accuracy of the machine-counted vote tallies in these states in order to ensure the integrity of our elections.

Jill Stein observed, “After a divisive and painful presidential race, reported hacks into voter and party databases and individual email accounts are causing many American to wonder if our election results are reliable. These concerns need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified. We deserve elections we can trust.”

In an election surrounded by hacks, the use of systems that have been demonstrated to be easily hacked should concern every American. Some of the machines used in Wisconsin, have been banned in California after they were shown to be highly vulnerable to hacking and malicious reprogramming, due to the lack of security features. Leading election security experts have been calling for exactly this sort of recount as a critical safeguard against cyberattacks.

Fox News reported that Stein has drawn more money for the recount than she received for her campaign before the election.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein hauled in $4.8 million to help finance recount efforts in three states, a figure that eclipsed the fundraising total for her entire presidential campaign. . .

Stein’s campaign said that amount would be needed to meet Wisconsin’s Nov. 25 deadline and $1.1 million filing fee. But it was soon clear that goal would easily be met. . .

By Friday morning, the fundraising effort was nearing $5 million, a figure that exceeded the $3,509,477 reported on Stein’s final October 19 campaign finance report.

Stein has enough to cover the $1.1 million fee to file before the Friday afternoon deadline to file recount in Wisconsin. Under Wisconsin law, Stein must also show cause for a recount to take place.

Wisconsin GOP Executive Director Mark Morgan issued a statement Friday calling Stein’s decision to seek a recount “absurd” and “nothing more than an expensive political stunt that undermines the election process.” . . .

The initial fuel flaming the recount fire was set by blogger Greg Palast, who claimed in a November 11 post that the election was stolen by Trump.

Palast is a best selling book author and freelance journalist for the BBC and Guardian newspaper. Fox directs to an article about the Palast post, which claims that Trump partisans worked to purge voters from the vote list. For instance, Trump supporters sent letters to Democratic voters, and if the letter came back (“moved”), those voters were automatically removed from the rolls.

Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP–controlled states.. . .

On Tuesday, we saw Crosscheck elect a Republican Senate and as President, Donald Trump. The electoral putsch was aided by nine other methods of attacking the right to vote of Black, Latino and Asian-American voters, methods detailed in my book and film, including “Caging,” “purging,” blocking legitimate registrations, and wrongly shunting millions to “provisional” ballots that will never be counted. . .

But three times in US history, pollsters have had to publicly flagellate themselves for their “errors.” In 2000, exit polls gave Al Gore the win in Florida; in 2004, exit polls gave Kerry the win in Ohio, and now, in swing states, exit polls gave the presidency to Hillary Clinton.

So how could these multi-million-dollar Ph.d-directed statisticians with decades of experience get exit polls so wrong?

Answer: they didn’t. The polls in Florida in 2000 were accurate. That’s because exit pollsters can only ask, “How did you vote?” What they don’t ask, and can’t, is, “Was your vote counted.”

Fox News also directed us to a Washington Post story about the recount effort. Stein notes that a recount might not prove anything in Pennsylvania, since they have no paper trail. An error (or cheat) would not be discovered by recounting the same error or cheat.

If the election were hacked, a recount couldn’t prove it. Most of Pennsylvania voters use DRE (direct record electronic) machines, with no paper ballot whatsoever. In other races where those machines have been probed — like Virginia’s 2005 attorney general contest — the recount has consisted of the machine results simply being scanned again. The lost/spoiled votes Palast has talked about are not part of that system. (Meanwhile, nearly every Michigan vote has a paper record.)

Meanwhile, Stein says she’s not trying to elect Hillary, whom she has called, “more dangerous” than Trump. In fact, Stein says the fact that Democrats are not fighting for themselves is proof that they’re as corrupt as the Republicans.

Stein has also used the fact that Democrats won’t push for recounts as evidence that the party is corrupt. On RT, she scoffed that “you’d think that the Democratic candidate, who has more skin in the game here, would be more involved.” According to Palast, Stein told him that “Democrats do not act to protect the vote even when there is dramatic evidence of tampering.”

And, finally, George Takai (Sulu from the original Star Trek) says that Republicans have no right to complain about Stein’s recount, since they are pushing their own recount, to support Governor McCrory in South Carolina.

The GOP can’t applaud McCrory for demanding a recount in NC while condemning Jill Stein’s recount efforts in WI, MI and PA. #AuditTheVote
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 24, 2016

It is true that Democrats are not supporting the recount effort. After all, Stein took more likely Hillary votes than she would have needed to win those three states.

More Clinton fans see this as a waste of time — at best. Someone was going to tap into mounting liberal anger that — for the second time this century — a Democrat has lost the presidency while winning the popular vote. But Democrats can’t believe that the someone was Stein. In all three of the contested states, Stein campaigned for votes; in Michigan and Wisconsin, her total was greater than the gap between Clinton and Trump.

So. . .for all of us who are glad that the election is over. Ummm, it’s not.

26 COMMENTS

  1. The bottom three candidates in Virginia are:

    Evan McMullin, 54,054 votes (1.36%)
    Write-ins, 31,870 votes (0.80%)
    Jill Stein*, 27,638 votes (0.69%)

    She couldn’t even outnumber the write-in votes!

    * No known relationship to One Stone

    • LOL. She’s something else.

      $4.8 million. What a waste of money. If she’s so caring why not donate that money to those who lost homes in Tennessee, etc. Or me.

    • What a joke. If Trump had lost and asked for a recount they’d said, including you , that he was crying.

      She doesn’t have a chance of changing the election results. The people have spoken.

      It’s called Democracy. Freedom.

      • No problem with democracy or freedom. I am absolutely dedicated to both, which is why the Electoral College needs to go to allow the voices of the people to speak rather than the voice of the states, for one. That would give us a true democracy.

        Democracy hasn’t failed the people. The people have failed democracy through their lack of vision.

        And given the nature of some of Trump’s boasts, he is likely to attempt to destroy the first amendment in particularly vile fashion and that is something that we must be vigilant of. And that protects everyone’s freedom by preventing him from being able to go ahead with his Un-American plans to remove our basic freedoms.

        But what concerns me more is that the people (in abject misguided blindness and frustration) have elected an obnoxious, incompetent, petulant, inelegant, unprofessional, racist, white supremacist, sexist, misogynist, financially corrupt, immoral bully to office. THAT is what concerns me. That, apparent that you can be racist, misogynist, mock the disabled and try to remove the basic freedoms of America and STILL be elected as president. Any other job in the land, you would be rejected immediately for any one of those failings. But, for president, now it’s thumbs up. The bar for presidency has been lowered below the requirements for Walmart and that’s exceedingly troubling. And should be troubling for everyone, regardless of our politics.

        • The only reason the people have a voice is because of the electoral college. You can try to spin it anyway you want but the founding fathers were very smart in putting in the electoral college.

          Without the electoral college the large states would only have a voice. Now the small states also have a voice in who is elected.

          It would be practically impossible to get rid of the electoral college. Which is good.

          Bill Clinton disgraced the presidency more than any other person. Trump won’t even come close to belittling the presidency the way Clinton did. They say Hillary would have had the office for sale.

          The pary you support is in shambles. They need to take control of the State houses and governorships. Then think about the federal government. They are lost.

          • It is not about each state having a voice. It is about every person in the nation having a voice and each vote actually contributing to the final outcome. As it stands, a multitude of Americans voices are effectively silenced if you live in a non swing state. Democracy simply does not exist without every vote counting toward the final result. The Electoral College has created the very apathy and outrage that caused a sexist, misogynist racist to be elected.

            • Actually it’s the opposite. All voices in all states now have a voice. Without the electoral college only the large States would have a voice.

              Do you want only CA and NY to have a voice?

            • You are making zero sense. It is not about states. It is about EVERY single person’s vote going toward the presidential candidate they choose. Really simple. Everyone votes and the candidate with the most votes wins. EVERY vote counts in that scenario where if you are blue in a red state, or vice versa, at the moment, your vote isn’t worth a thing. You seem incapable of grasping this concept. Every person’s vote should count, rather than by state. The state we reside in is irrelevant. It should be, but the Electoral College makes a mockery of that democratic concept.

            • So your saying You know more than the founding fathers. The founding fathers came up with the electoral college. They didn’t want CA deciding the election. Which is exactly what I stated.

            • California isn’t deciding the result. The people of the entire nation decide it in popular vote. So every vote counts. The state you reside in is irrelevant. And the appeal to the Founding Fathers is appeal to authority fallacy. They did great things, but America is a very different nation now with an entirely different population count and spread. We are better informed than them to speak on the current situation. If you use that appeal, nothing would ever improve. We, the people, should decide. And right now every vote does not count toward the democratic result which is why popular vote MUST be the way to decide. You could not be more misguided and wrong on this aspect. It is a basic democratic principle that ever person’s vote counts. Right now, it does not.

            • How many States did Clinton win? How many States did Trump win? Why should the most populous States determine the election for the United States?

              Hopefully when you answer the above questions you might understand why the electoral college is needed. I doubt it but you might.

              The founding fathers knew exactly what they were doing.

              If there wasn’t an electoral college why should the less populated States even bother to vote? Why? Explain.

            • You still seem unable to grasp this very simple concept. The states are irrelevant. You keep mentioning states as if they Holst any role in the popular vote. They do not.

              If you put 100 people in a room and ask them to vote for coffee or tea or decline to vote, then what difference does their location inside the room matter? It doesn’t. It only matters that the voices of the voters have been heard. Whether everyone was located in the top right corner or the bottom left, or whatever, is entirely irrelevant. Do you now understand this or not?

            • You just don’t understand Why the electoral college was developed. So, please tell me why the people in a liberal place determine the presidency for the rest of the country?

               It’s We the people of the United States. The United States.

            • The “people of a liberal place” are not deciding the outcome unless by place you mean the US. If the majority of the US wants a liberal president, then that is what the people should get. Welcome to democracy 101. And the state in which they happen to reside is STILL irrelevant to that simple concept despite four inability to grasp it.

            • You’ll never understand. It is so simple. You’ll have to take classes about the electoral college. Then hopefully you’ll understand.

              The United State isn’t like Germany, etc. It’s a huge country and the founding fathers wanted all the people to have a say in who was going to be president.

  2. Two updates:

    (1) Hillary Clinton has joined the recount. She says it won’t change the outcome, but with all the talk of “rigging” that Americans should be reassured that their votes are counted properly. She wants to put out the fire of doubt about our elections.

    (2) Donald Trump has thrown gas on that fire, by claiming that there was so much vote fraud (millions of votes) that he actually won the popular vote.

    • http://www.usnews.com/news/the-run-2016/articles/2016-11-14/the-10-closest-states-in-the-2016-election

      1. Michigan 0.3 percent
      Trump 47.6 percent, Clinton 47.3 percent
      Difference: 13,080 votes
      2. New Hampshire 0.4 percent
      Clinton 47.6 percent, Trump 47.2 percent
      Difference: 2,701 votes
      3. Wisconsin 1 percent
      Trump 47.9 percent, Clinton 46.9 percent
      Difference: 27,257 votes
      4. Pennsylvania 1.2 percent
      Trump 48.8 percent, Clinton 47.6 percent
      Difference: 68,236 votes (99 percent reporting)
      5. Florida 1.2 percent
      Trump 49 percent, Clinton 47.8 percent
      Difference: 114,455 votes
      6. Minnesota 1.5 percent
      Clinton 46.4 percent, Trump 44.9 percent
      Difference: 44,470 votes
      7. Nevada 2.4 percent
      Clinton 47.9 percent, Trump 45.5 percent
      Difference: 26,434 votes
      8. Maine 2.7 percent
      Clinton 47.9 percent, Trump 45.2 percent
      Difference: 19,995 votes
      9. North Carolina 3.8 percent
      Trump 49.9 percent, Clinton 46.1 percent
      Difference: 177,009 votes
      10. Arizona 3.9 percent
      Trump 49.3 percent, Clinton 45.4 percent
      Difference: 91,682 votes

    • According to Wikipedia
      Recounts can be mandatory or optional. In some jurisdictions, recounts are mandatory in the event the difference between the top two candidates is less than a percentage of votes cast or of a fixed number.[1] Mandatory recounts are paid for by the elections official, or the state. Mandatory recounts can usually be waived by the apparent losing candidate. The winning side will usually encourage the loser to waive the recount in a show of unity and to avoid spending taxpayer money.

    • What are you talking about? Dead people have been voting in Chicago for decades.

      Hillary is far from being the innocent person you make her out to be. She and Stein are stocking the fire.

  3. Jill Stein is a never was, never will be politician. She must be an EGOMANIAC since she is asking for recounts in some states like PA that weren’t even close. Is it that she wants to see her name in print, before she fades off into oblivion??

    The fact that she raised more money for these recounts than she did for her own campaign has to mean that MUSH BRAIN DUMBOCRATS are behind the funding. Are these people that DENSE. Will we have yet another political party in this country called the SOUR GRAPES??

    Finally that political analyst that claims that all sorts of minorities were disenfranchised, is getting me sick. People didn’t want to go along with the same old same old and they voted the Democrats out of power. The country needs to heal after a divisive campaign, not have conspiracy theories floated about by some NUT CAUSE.

    This fiasco is the last attempt by the CLINTON CRIME FAMILY to stay relevant. I read your article and Jill Stein said that she isn’t doing this for anyone but herself. If you believe that you also believe that PIGS FLY!!!

    I would bet my last dollar that the Clintons are in the background pulling the strings of the puppet Jill Stein.?

    • Exactly. Clinton is acting as if she’s only concerned about the process. Yeah right. Tell that that to someone who believes your stuff.

      Being Innocent is a word the Clinton’s don’t understand.

  4. Exit polls do not necessarily match the final results.This has been proved several times in the past the world over.And that does not mean that the counting was flawed !

    • The exit polls only heard/asked what they wanted to hear.

      Did the exist polls focus on the people in the heartlands. We know they didn’t. They focused on CA, NY, FL, and swing States.

      This was a movement.

  5. The election, contrary to what was written, is over. Some don’t want it to be but it is. They need to accept the results.

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