Hillary Clinton's Campaign Will Participate in Jill Stein's Push for Vote Recount
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein recently filed paperwork in Wisconsin to have the state's votes audited following claims from several top computer experts that ballots there and in Pennsylvania and Michigan — all key voting states in the presidential election — might have been altered.
Now Marc Elias, general counsel for Hillary Clinton's campaign, says the campaign will participate in the recount. "Over the last few days, officials in the Clinton campaign have received hundreds of messages, emails, and calls urging us to do something, anything, to investigate claims that the election results were hacked and altered in a way to disadvantage Secretary Clinton," wrote Elias in a post on Medium. "...It should go without saying that we take these concerns extremely seriously.
We certainly understand the heartbreak felt by so many who worked so hard to elect Hillary Clinton, and it is a fundamental principle of our democracy to ensure that every vote is properly counted." Elias says that Clinton's camp has "quietly taken a number of steps in the last two weeks" to rule out voter interference, and so far they have not been able to detect any evidence of meddling. But since Stein is moving forward either way, it looks like the campaign is game to help.
"Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, 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," Elias wrote. And “If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan," says Elias, "we will take the same approach in those states as well.” The good news is, it does look like Stein will deliver on those promises.
As of Saturday morning, she’d raised nearly $6 million — enough to also fund the recount in Pennsylvania, where the deadline for filing is Monday. She only needs to raise an additional $1.2 million before Wednesday to file for the Michigan audit, something that seems within reach considering how fast she was able to raise the initial money. Even Stein was impressed with how quickly it came together, calling the fundraising "a miraculous feat and a tribute to the power of grassroots organizing." Of course, Hillary supporters shouldn't get too excited. The margin of victory for Donald Trump in those states was 107,000 — fairly meager in terms of winning, but still far greater than any other margin overcome in a recount.
But it does offer a glimmer of hope for those who fear for their safety and rights under Trump's administration, and that's something to hold on to. Kellyanne Conway, Trump's campaign manager, responded to the recount plans in Bloomberg. "What a pack of sore losers," Conway said. "After asking Mr. Trump and his team a million times on the trail, 'Will HE accept the election results?' it turns out Team Hillary and their new BFF Jill Stein can't accept reality.
Rather than adhere to the tradition of graciously conceding and wishing the winner well, they’ve opted to waste millions of dollars and dismiss the democratic process. The people have spoken. Time to listen up. #YesYourPresident." Keywords: hillary clinton
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