Making good on her promise, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has officially filed for recounts in more than 100 precincts across Pennsylvania.
Stein filed the paperwork for a recount in Wisconsin on Friday. Just as she said she would, she filed for recounts in Pennsylvania on Monday, which is the deadline for many of the counties. In a statement, Stein said that she “expects recount requests to be filed in many more precincts in the Keystone State in the coming days.”
Americans deserve a voting system we can trust,” Stein wrote in the statement. “After a presidential election tarnished by the use of outdated and unreliable machines and accusations of irregularities and hacks, people of all political persuasions are asking if our election results are reliable. We must recount the votes so we can build trust in our election system. We need to verify the vote in this and every election so that Americans of all parties can be sure we have a fair, secure and accurate voting system.”
Stein also intends to file for a recount in Michigan, which has a Wednesday deadline. To date, the Green Party candidate has raised more than $6 million to fund the recount efforts.
“Our grassroots recount campaign has been supercharged by the incredible support coming in from Americans from across the political spectrum to verify the vote in this election,” Stein said in her statement.
Over the weekend, Hillary Clinton announced that she would back the efforts in all three states if Stein kept her word and filed for the recounts as she had vowed to do.
Donald Trump subsequently lost his mind in a Twitter fit that culminated with his claim that he had only lost the popular vote because “millions of people” voted in the election illegally. He added that, even without a shred of evidence, he knew there was “serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California.” Trump still doesn’t seem to realize that his claims of voter fraud only support the need for recounts in even more states.
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