Former Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein announced her intention to file for a recount in three states, a challenge that theoretically could change the results of the November 8 elections.
Stein, who most likely took far more votes from Clinton than Trump, said that she plans to request a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Those states were part of the Democrats’ ‘Blue Wall’ which narrowly voted for the Republican nominee Donald Trump, propelling him to victory — in fact, they were the reason that Trump prevailed.
In the statement posted on her website, Stein said:
“After a divisive and painful presidential race, reported hacks into voter and party databases and individual email accounts were causing many to wonder if our election results are reliable,” Stein said in a statement. “These concerns need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified. We deserve elections we can trust.”
According to the Stein campaign, some of the machines and used in Wisconsin were banned in California due to vulnerability to hacking.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 23, 2016
“Greens have long been at the forefront of campaigns for election integrity,” campaign manager David Cobb said. “This effort is about holding the institutions of democracy accountable for ensuring all votes that are cast are counted.”
Stein also launched a fundraising effort on her website to pay for the recount effort on Wednesday. “After seeing compelling evidence of voting anomalies, the Stein/Baraka Green Party Campaign is launching an effort to ensure the integrity of our elections. With your help, are raising money to demand recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania — three states where the data suggests significant discrepancies in vote totals,” the page reads.
The campaign claims that it needs to raise “over $2 million by this Friday, 4pm central,” to assure that they can undertake the effort as Wisconsin’s deadline for filing is Friday afternoon. The group breaks down the cost of undertaking the initiative by state, claiming that Wisconsin will require $1.1 million; Michigan, $600,000; and Pennsylvania, $500,000. As of 8:20 pm on Wednesday, the donation counter on the site says that over $1.4 million has been raised.
A group of election lawyers and researchers are asking Hillary Clinton to ask for a recount in the same three states.
A recount does remain a longshot as in order to actually tilt the election to Mrs. Clinton, she would need all three Rust Belt states. While a recount may turn the numbers in Pennsylvania where Trump and Clinton are separated by just 11,000 votes, it is much less likely to close the gap sufficiently in Wisconsin where Trump leads by 27,000 votes, and even more unlikely in Michigan where Trump is ahead by 68,000.