When U.S. Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, won the U.S. Presidential election in November, the country (and really the entire world) was shocked. Tempers flared and protests began…some even became violent. Americans refused to accept the fact that Donald Trump had won the election and they refused to stay quiet about it.
One of these individuals was a 2012 Green Party Presidential nominee, Jill Stein, who started a recount campaign. The targets of this campaign were the Pennsylvanian, Wisconsin, and Michigan governments and the possible statistical anomalies. These states were territories that were crucial to Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 Presidential election.
Additionally, it’s believed, that the U.S. election system is untrustworthy, so the campaign wants to shed some light on this belief as well. In fact, Stein has stated that this is the main goal of the campaign. Some of the suspicions in the election system come from the fact that it relies heavily on technological equipment. Therefore, it’s believed that there might have been some hacking involved during the vote count. Stein was quoted saying, “…we have an election system that relies on computerized electronic equipment, which is wide open to hacks…” Stein wants Americans to have confidence in the U.S. election system, so paper ballots will be counted and the voting machinery will be examined.
On November 24th, 2016, the campaign had raised almost $3.3 million (with an end goal at $4.5 million). Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough.
Where They Are Now
Unfortunately, the campaign couldn’t afford to pay the $1 million bond required for the Pennsylvania recount. So, they’ve decided to drop the case in the state courts due to financial difficulties. It’s believed that the lack of funds is due to the fact that the Green Party-backed voters are, “regular citizens of ordinary means,” who can’t, collectively, afford the $1 million bond. However, they’ve refused to give up.
On Monday, December 5th, 2016, the campaign and Stein announced that they’ve decided to switch strategies and take the case to Pennsylvania’s federal courts. Here, the plan is to file for emergency relief on constitutional grounds. The lead counsel for the recount campaign, Jonathan Abady, said, “Over the past several days, it has become clear that the barriers to verifying the vote in Pennsylvania are so pervasive and that the state court system is so ill-equipped to address this problem that we must seek federal court intervention.” The campaign is committed to the fight. In order to win, however, Donald Trump would have to lose the vote in all 3 states.
Whether Stein and her campaign followers win or lose, it’s clear that everyone is passionate and determined in this situation. It’s even been reported that some of these counting efforts continued in various precincts over the weekend, despite the case being dropped in the state courts. Keep checking back for more updates on the recount campaign.