In a remarkable turn of events, the Green Party’s Jill Stein just raised over $4.8 million dollars since 3pm yesterday, to recount the vote in the three crucial swing states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Yesterday, reports indicated that a widely respected University of Michigan computer scientist raised issues about electronic voting machine tallies.
The Stein/Baraka Green Party Campaign is launching an effort to ensure the integrity of our elections. With your help, we are raising money to demand recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania—three states where the data suggests a significant need to verify machine-counted vote totals.
University of Michigan Professor Alex Haldeman explained his reasoning late last night in a blog post, and the Green Party just agreed with him, leading to Americans all across the country contributing over $4.5 million dollars to the cause in less than a day and a half.
Further reports of voting irregularity have surfaced. Independently, a University of Florida Professor in Gainesville – who specializes in American elections – found what appears to be a major tabulation error in a Wisconsin vote count.
— Michael McDonald (@ElectProject) November 22, 2016
As of this time, Donald Trump holds a projected 37 vote advantage in the Electoral College. Hillary Clinton’s national popular vote advantage stands above 2 million votes according to USA Today. Federal law mandates that all electors be chosen by December 13th, in advance of the Electoral College votes in the 50 state capitals who will directly select the President on December 19th.
In an election year filled with unimaginable twists and turns, it’s looking like America is going to wake up for Black Friday to news of a recount by Jill Stein’s Green Party in the three key swing states whose votes are decisive in this year’s electoral college vote.
Author’s Note: We have updated the donation totals in this story. Stein does have enough to start the recount process in all three states, but reports indicate a total cost in the $6-7 million range.
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition