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Jill Stein’s vote recount campaign just passed $5 million

'Next up is Michigan.'


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Nov 24, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 12:46 pm CDT

Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein‘s crowdfunding effort to challenge the voting results in three key swing states in the 2016 election just surpassed $5 million. 

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Stein launched the campaign two days ago to fund voting recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania with an initial goal of $2.5 million. A group of computer scientists and election-law experts told Hillary Clinton to demand a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania since they say results in those states might have been compromised in favor of President-elect Donald Trump.

As Stein explained on her website, “These recounts are part of an election integrity movement to attempt to shine a light on just how untrustworthy the U.S. election system is.” 

Stein quickly eclipsed her original goal and set a new target for $7 million. The discrepancy between the two goals, the campaign noted, is to account for potential lawyer fees.  Here’s how the campaign site breaks down the funds. 

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According to Stein’s website, the recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have been funded. “Next up,” says the website, “is Michigan.”

It’s worth noting that these funds don’t guarantee a recount will happen. As the site notes, “We can only pledge we will demand recounts in those states.”

Stein still hopes to raise an additional $2 million. Her campaign site notes that any additional funds raised will “go toward election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform.”

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*First Published: Nov 24, 2016, 3:00 pm CST