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Jill Stein met her $2.5 million vote recount fundraising goal overnight

'We deserve elections we can trust.'


Samantha Grasso


Posted on Nov 24, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 12:50 pm CDT

Some people must really not want to see President-elect Donald Trump sworn in.

On Wednesday, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein launched a crowdfunding effort to raise $2.5 million to pay for vote audits in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. 

By the following morning Stein had met her fundraising goal, which will cover the recount for Wisconsin. The fundraising goal has been raised to $4.5 million to cover the two remaining states.

Stein’s push for a recount echoes reports that a group of legal and computer science experts are urging Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to audit the votes in those three states, where she trails Trump by 70,000 votes or less. 

The experts say it is possible that voting machines in these states were hacked, as evidenced by irregularities in vote tallies in counties with electronic voting machines. However, the Department of Homeland Security says it found no evidence of vote hacking.

“After a divisive and painful presidential race,” Stein said in a statement, “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.”

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*First Published: Nov 24, 2016, 10:13 am CST