Jill Stein was one of the two third-party nominees in the 2016 presidential race. She ran on behalf of the Green Party and got 1,207,141 votes. That’s about one percent of the popular vote. Her result is not impressive, but she did do better than when she ran in 2012 and got 0.36 percent of the popular vote. The votes that she received together with the votes that Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson got point to a trend in voting patterns. The number of voters that are engaged and want to vote but would also prefer an alternative to the two-party system is on the rise.
Jill Stein’s Successful Fundraising Effort
Since the result of the election was official, Jill Stein has been raising money for a recount of the vote. This Thursday it looks like she achieved her fundraising goal. The money will enable Jill Stein to ask for recounts in three key swing states where Donald Trump was the winner. The three states are Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
A message on her website thanked contributors for their efforts. Jill Stein raised the money in a short amount of time and actually raised the sum she needed by another $2 million. She credited grassroots organizing with the success of the fundraising campaign.
The Green Party did not bring any specific evidence of election fraud. In fact, that is not necessary in order to call for a recount. On Wednesday, Stein said that there is enough reason to be suspicious of the results of the 2016 presidential election based on incidents of reported hacks.
“After a divisive and painful presidential race, reported hacks into voter and party databases and individual email accounts are causing many Americans 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,”
said Green Party nominee Jill Stein.
Computer Scientists Ask for a Recount
In recent days, a small yet vocal group of computer scientists and activists have been advocating a recount of the result of the 2016 presidential election. They are calling into question Trump’s unexpected win. Also, they are raising concerns about Russian involvement in the result of the election.
They are pointing out that Russian hackers went as far as to infiltrate the records of the Democratic National Committee as well as advisers to the Clinton campaign. To them, these are signs of both ability and willingness to interfere with the US election.
Prior to Election Day, there were reports of hackers compromising voter records in Illinois. There were also other unsuccessful attempts at breaching voting systems in several other states.
Officials from the Clinton campaign have not made any comments about Jill Stein’s efforts to raise money for a recount. However, during the presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton repeatedly accused Russia of interfering with the presidential election in the United States.
The deadline to file for a recount is this Friday for Wisconsin. For the states of Pennsylvania and Michigan, the deadlines are next week.
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