Donald Trump tweeted that “Nothing will change,” in regards to the recount requested by Jill Stein, in which Hillary Clinton’s campaign has agreed to support.
As Jill Stein continues to crowdfund for a recount in Michigan, they have already received the funds necessary to start the recount in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, which could start as soon as next week, according to NBC News. The question that arises, though, is why are they forcing a recount? Is it possible that foreign hackers changed the results of the election outcome? The White House doesn’t think so, according to what one official told Politico.
“The federal government did not observe any increased level of malicious cyber activity aimed at disrupting our electoral process on election day. We believe our elections were free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective.”
Further, the Clinton Campaign did admit that they found no “actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology,” but this isn’t stopping them from participating, campaign’s general counsel, Marc Elias has revealed.
“But now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides.”
According to Jill Stein Nation Builder, $7-million is the goal, and as of Sunday morning, they are just shy of $1-million short.
President-elect Donald Trump is confident that the recount will serve no purpose and will yield the same results. Further, he mentioned the amount of money wasted on the recount.
Not only do they need the money for the recount, but they need at least three volunteers in each county in order to fulfill the recount efforts. This could potentially be difficult, especially for a state like Pennsylvania who had the majority of Hillary Clinton votes out east.
Jill Stein’s site states that the recount is not to serve Hillary, but to prove how “untrustworthy the U.S. election system is.” What happens to any additional money gained as a result of the election recount crowdfunding? Jill Stein states that she will use the money to promote voting system reform.
The website also mentions that in 2004, the Cobb/LaMarche campaign demanded a recount in Ohio, which led to the arrest of an election administrator; However, it lacks important details, such as who went to jail and what the person was charged with. Further, if the election administrator was charged with something election-related, how common is this type of action?
According to Range Voting, the 2004 Ohio election recount led to Jacqueline Maiden, elections coordinator of the Cuyahoga County Elections Board, and ballot manager Kathleen Dreamer, being charged for pre-selecting ballots before the recount. Further, it did not state whether the recount affected the election results, but it did state that Bush only lost six votes and Kerry only gained 17.
A second question that people are asking: Why has Jill Stein only requested $2.5 million when she first started crowdfunding for an election recount for these three states? Why has the goal now been raised to $7 million? According to Bustle, after the goal was raised in just one day, Jill Stein raised the goal by nearly two times its original amount to $4.5, then stated that the cost needed for a recount was more than expected.
Now, the donation goal is $7 million. When the crowdfunding started, David Cobb, Stein’s campaign manager, clarified that the cost for a recount in the three states are as follows:
- Pennsylvania- $500,000
- Wisconsin- $1 million
- Michigan- $600,000
With the amount of the crowdfunding goal being nearly tripled from the start of Jill Stein’s campaign, it is likely that many will question the legitimacy of it.
What do you think? Do you agree with Donald Trump that the recount is a waste of time, effort, and money? Or do you think that the recount is justified?
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