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USA Today Op-Ed: Why the Recount Matters

Our electoral system is under threat.

There is nothing more important to our American way of life than our democracy. The lifeblood of this nation is the principle that each citizen’s vote is equal when it comes to choosing our president.

But in the age of computerized voting machines and unprecedented corporate influence in our elections, our electoral system is under increasing threat. How can every citizen’s voice be heard if we do not know if every citizen’s vote is counted correctly?

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Greens Demand Recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania

The Stein/Baraka Green Party Campaign is launching an effort to ensure the integrity of our elections. 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. Please donate to this initiative today.

election_integrity_720-2.pngTo give you a sense of the problem, some voting machines used in Wisconsin were banned in California after they were shown to be highly vulnerable to hacking and malicious programming due to lacking security features. 

"After a divisive and painful presidential race, in which foreign agents hacked into party databases, private email servers, and voter databases in certain states, many Americans are wondering if our election results are reliable. That's why the unexpected results of the election and reported anomalies need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified. We deserve elections we can trust." -- Dr. Jill Stein.

This is about more than the results of this one election. This is about protecting our democracy and ensuring that "We the People" can have confidence in reported results.

 We need your help to make sure your votes were counted accurately on Election Day. Please donate now to help maintain integrity in our elections. Please donate to this effort to protect our democracy.

This effort to ensure election integrity is in your hands! In order to make this happen, we need to raise over $2 million by this Friday, 4pm central. In true grassroots fashion, we're turning to you, the people, and not big-money corporate donors to make this happen.

Click Here to Donate Today!

Volunteer to Help with #Recount2016

In each state--Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan--we will need hundreds of volunteers to serve as election observers for the recount process. If you live in or near one of these states, please sign up to help in this effort to uphold election integrity. You will be asked to enter your contact information and to check what counties to which you would be willing to travel (often, volunteers are especially needed to travel to more rural counties).

Volunteer in Wisconsin     Volunteer in Pennsylvania     Volunteer in Michigan


Recount Updates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 5, 2016

Recount to Start Monday in Michigan after Judge Finds that Delaying Would Violate Michigan Voters’ Constitutional Rights

Recount Date Set Following a Win in Federal Court for the Jill Stein Campaign after a Request to Dispense with the Waiting Period was Granted

(LANSING, MI) – The Stein campaign was delivered a victory early Monday morning, when a federal judge in Michigan granted the campaign’s emergency request to immediately start the statewide recount. Writing in an opinion issued just after midnight, U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith said a state law requiring a two-business day waiting period to start the recount likely violates voting rights. “The fundamental right invoked by plaintiffs – the right to vote, and to have that vote conducted fairly and counted accurately – is the bedrock of our nation,” the opinion read. Michigan’s recount is now set to begin at noon Monday. 

For Immediate Release: Monday, December 5 at 9AM ET

Stein and Supporters to Trump: End Opposition to Recounts 

Voting rights must be protected; Americans deserve to know the truth about election 

PA election system denies voters’ civil rights, Stein alleges in federal court, Demanding statewide recount

(New York, NY) – Dr. Jill Stein will take the fight to verify the presidential vote directly to Donald Trump’s doorstep Monday morning, demanding an end to his efforts to suppress recounts in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. In a rally outside Trump Tower in Manhattan, Dr. Stein will tell supporters assembled that the recounts are an essential step to protect voting rights, arguing that all Americans deserve to know if their right to vote has been respected and their vote has been counted.

As Recount Campaign Files in Federal Court to Intervene in PA Recount, Stein Escalates Fight Against Trump’s Desperate Efforts to Obstruct Recounts in All 3 States

NEW YORK, NY – As Donald’s Trump’s margin in Pennsylvania drops significantly and his team desperately rushes to block recounts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, Dr. Jill Stein will host a rally and press conference outside Trump Tower on Monday, December 5 at 10:00AM ET, vowing to fight tooth and nail to verify the accuracy, security, and fairness of the vote.

Statement from Jonathan Abady, lead counsel to the Stein recount efforts, and Founding Partner of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff + Abady LLP:

"Make no mistake – the Stein campaign will continue to fight for a statewide recount in Pennsylvania. We are committed to this fight to protect the civil and voting rights of all Americans. Over the past several days, it has become clear that the barriers to verifying the vote in Pennsylvania are so pervasive and that the state court system is so ill-equipped to address this problem that we must seek federal court intervention.  As a result, on Monday the Stein campaign will escalate our campaign in Pennsylvania and file for emergency relief in federal court, demanding a statewide recount on constitutional grounds.”

Media Advisory for: December 2, 2016 

“What’s Trump Afraid Of?” Stein Campaign Fights Back After Trump & Allies File Legal Challenges in All 3 Recount States

NEW YORK, NY – As Donald’s Trump’s margin in Pennsylvania drops significantly and his team rushes to block recounts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, Dr. Jill Stein will host a rally and press conference outside Trump Tower on Monday, December 5 at 10:00AM ET, vowing to fight tooth and nail to verify the accuracy, security, and fairness of the vote.

For Immediate Release - December 2, 2016

Trump Scared, Trying to Block Recount

Stein Campaign Escalates Fight to Ensure All Votes Are Counted

Vote Count in Pennsylvania Halved to 40,000; Trump’s Lawyers Fan State to Suppress Recount 

New YouGov.com Poll Shows Support for Stein’s Recount; Majority of Americans Think Trump Would Do the Same Were Roles Reversed 

(December 2, 2016) – As Donald’s Trump’s margin from the election in Pennsylvania dropped significantly, the President-elect and his allies in the Republican Party sought to block the recount in all three states, a move that would suppress efforts by voters to ensure their votes were counted accurately and fairly in the November 8 election. In response, Dr. Stein announced a press conference for 10 a.m. Monday morning at Trump Tower in Manhattan, vowing to fight tooth and nail to ensure a recount that will clarify for all Americans whether the election was accurate and secure. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 2, 2016

Statement in Response to Donald Trump Lawyers’ Motion to Dismiss PA Recount

With his margin of victory in the state nearly halved as of last night, and now within 0.2% of triggering an automatic statewide recount, Donald Trump is desperately fighting to stop the recount in Pennsylvania. Last night, lawyers for Donald Trump filed a frivolous motion to dismiss the recount campaign’s lawsuit aimed at securing a statewide recount and forensic audit of voting machines.

For Immediate Release: Thursday, December 1

Michigan Recount Expected to Move Forward After Delay Caused by Frivolous Objection 

(Lansing, MI) – In response to this afternoon’s filing of an objection to recount nearly 4.8 million votes cast for President in Michigan, Dr. Jill Stein’s campaign, which filed the historic request yesterday, blasted the objection as a “shameful” and “outrageous” attempt to undermine democracy. The objection from Donald Trump’s campaign will add significant costs and confusion to a recount that is already being obstructed by some in order to keep voters from verifying the accuracy, security and integrity of the election.


RecountBadge.png$6.2M raised in just four days to pay cost of first-ever presidential election recount in multiple states; Average donation $45

Campaign to verify the vote building powerful volunteer base to support, monitor recounts in PA, WI, MI

Fueled by a dramatic outpouring of grassroots support by voters across America, Dr. Jill Stein’s campaign to demand recounts in three states gained momentum today as recount requests were filed by Pennsylvania voters in more than 100 precincts across the state. The campaign expects recount requests to be filed in many more precincts in the Keystone State in the coming days. Pennsylvania state law requires that three voters in each precinct must submit an affidavit requesting a recount for that precinct.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 27, 2016

CONTACT: jordan.brueckner@berlinrosen.com 

Thousands of volunteers needed to ensure integrity of election system

In advance of the efforts by Stein Recount—led by 2016 Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein—to request a recount of the 2016 presidential election vote in Pennsylvania, the campaign is urging concerned voters from every county in the state to volunteer to request recounts at their county board of elections, as required by Pennsylvania state law.

To conduct a comprehensive recount statewide, state law requires three concerned voters in each election district to submit an affidavit to their county board of elections requesting a recount. Voters interested in submitting an affidavit will be provided with language to do so and can sign up at http://www.jill2016.com/recountpa.