2016 Election

Jill Stein is on track to raise $4.5 million to fund election recounts in three swing states

According to BuzzFeed News, this Thursday morning former Green Party candidate Jill Stein has raised $2.5 million to fund election recounts in three key states where some experts are claiming the vote was either manipulated or hacked.

Stein’s funding goal was reached in just 24 hours after she launched it. The funds will cover filing fees for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania — all swing states that went to Donald Trump. If Hillary Clinton had won those states, she would have passed the 270 electoral votes needed to win the election.

As New York Magazine reported on Tuesday, a group of “prominent computer scientists and election lawyers” urged Clinton to seek recounts in the swing states due to the possibility that the vote was tampered with, although evidence for their claims is lacking.

In spite of skepticism over the claims, Stein launched the fundraising effort for which is focused on states where machine voting was used.

“We deserve elections we can trust,” Stein said in a press release:

“Assuring the validity of our vote is a critical first step towards democratizing our elections. Other essential steps include ending discriminatory voter ID laws and voter purges (like “Interstate Crosscheck”); opening the debates to all candidates on the ballot in enough states to win the election; establishing Ranked Choice Voting, a system that enables voters to rank their choices, knowing that if their first choice loses, their vote is automatically reassigned to their second choice; and getting big money out of politics – and letting the people back in.”

“Our effort to recount votes in those states is not intended to help Hillary Clinton,” a message on Stein’s website said. “These recounts are part of an election integrity movement to attempt to shine a light on just how untrustworthy the US election system is.”

After the $2.5 million goal was reached, Stein updated the target to $4.5 million and she’s sailing towards that goal as well. As of this writing, the fundraising effort is at a little over $3.3 million.

Featured image: Gage Skidmore

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