With Multi-State Presidential Recount Over, Stein Campaign Ends Fundraising Drive

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 13 2016  With Multi-State Presidential Recount Over, Stein Campaign Ends Fundraising Drive Historic Push Raises Over $7.3 Million from 161,000 Small Donors in Under Three Weeks; Average Donation of $45 (New York, NY) – The Stein campaign announced this morning that it has ended a historic two and a half-week fundraising drive that paid for presidential recount efforts in three states: Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The grassroots push raised an approximate total of $7.33 million from nearly 161,300 donors across the nation, representing the largest-ever people-powered effort to verify the vote of a presidential election in American history. The average donation was $45.43, with roughly three-quarters of all donations under $100. Continue reading

Dr. Jill Stein Responds to Wisconsin Completing Statewide Recount

For Immediate Release: Monday, December 12, 2016 The below statement can be attributed to Dr. Jill Stein:“With the recount finished in Wisconsin, we applaud the countless workers and observers who helped ensure a full recount throughout the state. We however remain disappointed that not all counties conducted a full hand recount, which is considered the “gold standard.” While we were able to beat back efforts by Trump and the GOP to stop the recount, the refusal by some of the largest and most important counties in the state to conduct a hand recount, undermined the ability to get an accurate recount. In fact, Milwaukee County, the largest and the most socio-economically, racially and ethnically diverse county in the state, declined a hand recount, and given the discoveries in Michigan, it is imperative to examine if voters in that county encountered machine errors, manipulations and voter issues on Election Day. Continue reading

Stein Campaign: Court’s Decision to Block Statewide Recount, Forensic Audit of Voting Machines Disenfranchises PA Voters

For Immediate Release: Monday, December 12, 2016 New York Times: Recount Rules ‘Arcane and Confusing,’ a ‘Political Horror Show’ As Doubt Over Security, Accuracy of Election Mounts, Stein Calls for President’s ‘Full Review’ to Include All Serious Threats to Election Integrity (Philadelphia, PA) – The Stein campaign today said it was disappointed in a federal court ruling Monday morning blocking a hand recount and forensic audit of Pennsylvania’s error-prone electronic voting machines, effectively disenfranchising millions of Pennsylvanian voters, especially communities of color. The decision by U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond follows a lawsuit filed by the Stein campaign that read: “[The state’s] incomprehensible, labyrinth, and impossibly burdensome election regime is a disaster for ordinary voters. Were Pennsylvania votes counted accurately? That truth is not difficult to learn: simply count the paper ballots in optical scan districts, and permit forensic examination of the voting systems in [touch-screen] districts.” “Pennsylvania’s election system is stacked against voters. Both the technology by which voters cast ballots, as well as the byzantine and burdensome laws determining recounts in the state, are a national disgrace,” said Jill Stein, 2016 Green Party candidate for president. “The process underway in Pennsylvania this week is hardly an effective or comprehensive recount. Despite citizens across this state stepping up and demanding their right to verify the vote, every obstacle imaginable – legal, bureaucratic and political – has been thrown in their face. Pennsylvanians’ constitutional and civil rights to have their voices heard and their votes counted have been stripped from right under them.” Continue reading

Stein Campaign: Court’s Decision to Block Statewide Recount, Forensic Audit of Voting Machines Disenfranchises PA Voters

For Immediate Release: Monday, December 12, 2016 New York Times: Recount Rules ‘Arcane and Confusing,’ a ‘Political Horror Show’ As Doubt Over Security, Accuracy of Election Mounts, President Orders ‘Full Review’ of Hacking (Philadelphia, PA) – The Stein campaign today said it was disappointed in a federal court ruling Monday morning blocking a statewide hand recount and forensic audit of Pennsylvania’s error-prone electronic voting machines, effectively disenfranchising millions of Pennsylvanian voters, especially communities of color. The decision by U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond follows a lawsuit filed by the Stein campaign that read: “[The state’s] incomprehensible, labyrinth, and impossibly burdensome election regime is a disaster for ordinary voters. Were Pennsylvania votes counted accurately? That truth is not difficult to learn: simply count the paper ballots in optical scan districts, and permit forensic examination of the voting systems in [touch-screen] districts.” “Pennsylvania’s election system is stacked against voters. Both the technology by which voters cast ballots, as well as the byzantine and burdensome laws determining recounts in the state, are a national disgrace,” said Jill Stein, 2016 Green Party candidate for president. “The process underway in Pennsylvania this week is hardly an effective or comprehensive recount. Despite citizens across this state stepping up and demanding their right to verify the vote, every obstacle imaginable – legal, bureaucratic and political – has been thrown in their face. Pennsylvanians’ constitutional and civil rights to have their voices heard and their votes counted have been stripped from right under them.” Continue reading

Hundreds Protest in Detroit: ‘Fight Goes On’ to Protect Voting Rights, Reform Election System

For Immediate Release: Saturday, December 10, 2016   Hundreds Protest in Detroit: ‘Fight Goes On’ to Protect Voting Rights, Reform Election System Stein: “Political Cronyism, Bureaucratic Obstruction, Legal Maneuvering Have Run Roughshod over Democratic Process”  New York Times: Recount Rules ‘Arcane and Confusing,’ a ‘Political Horror Show’ (Detroit, Michigan) – Hundreds of Michigan voters across the state descended on downtown Detroit this afternoon, vowing to keep fighting for a voting system that is accurate, secure and just, following the Michigan Supreme Court’s decision Friday evening to deny a recount appeal. Joined by Dr. Jill Stein, the 2016 Green Party candidate for president who initiated the recount in Michigan, protesters said that the numerous irregularities uncovered during three days of the recount provided significant evidence that voters in Michigan – particularly communities of color – may have been massively disenfranchised during the election. Continue reading

Dr. Jill Stein Responds to Michigan Supreme Court Decision to Deny Recount Appeal

For Immediate Release: Friday, December 9 The following statement can be attributed to Dr. Jill Stein: “Although we are deeply disappointed in today’s decision by the Michigan Supreme Court not to hear our appeal that would have allowed Michigan’s recount to finish, we are not surprised given the political motives of the majority. The fact is that in Michigan, political cronyism, bureaucratic obstruction, and legal maneuvering have run roughshod over the democratic process. The importance of this recount has been reiterated every step of the way, including by Judge Mark Goldsmith who said that recounts are a way to ensure the ‘fundamental right to vote, and to have that vote conducted fairly and conducted accurately, which is the bedrock of our nation.’ A recount should not be this difficult or controversial. It should be automatic. If you take out money from a bank, the teller counts it twice - and the second time, they count it in front of your eyes. It should be well understood that something as important as a presidential election requires a basic level of quality assurance and verification.  “The purpose of this recount was to validate the vote and restore confidence in elections, yet the three days of recounts unearthed serious flaws in our voting system and today’s decision creates more cause for unease. Eighty-seven optical scanners failed on Election Day in Detroit, many in communities of color - and due to state law, almost half of Detroit’s votes can’t even be recounted. We need to examine how the use of poorly maintained, antiquated voting machines in underserved communities results in a de facto ‘Jim Crow’ situation in which potentially thousands of poor voters and voters of color may be disenfranchised. The protracted resistance to a recount only reinforces the perception that Donald Trump’s cronies and the entrenched powers in the state either benefit from this broken system or have something to hide. Despite today’s ruling, we will continue to fight for the hard-fought, hard-won civil voting rights of all Americans and urge leaders and legislators to use the lessons learned in this process to ensure a more just, accurate and reliable voting system.” Continue reading

Dr. Jill Stein Responds to Announcement of 'Full Review' of Election Hacking: “Underscores Critical Need for this Recount Right Now” to Protect Constitutional, Civil Rights

For Immediate Release: Friday, December 9  Dr. Jill Stein Responds to Announcement of 'Full Review' of Election Hacking: “Underscores Critical Need for this Recount Right Now” to Protect Constitutional, Civil Rights  (December 9, 2016) -- Amid increasing doubt over the security, accuracy and fairness of the U.S. election system, President Obama this morning took the extraordinary step to order a "full review" of hacking-related activity aimed at disrupting the 2016 presidential election. Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate who is spearheading the country's first multi-state presidential recount out of concern for the integrity of the voting system, issued the following response: Continue reading

Michigan Voters, Stein Campaign Decry Unprecedented Attack on Voting Rights in Michigan from Trump, State Republicans

For Immediate Release: Thursday, December 8 2016  Michigan Voters, Stein Campaign Decry Unprecedented Attack on Voting Rights in Michigan from Trump, State Republicans   Stopping Recount Severely and Disproportionately Disenfranchises Communities of Color  At Rally, Supporters Demand MI Supreme Court Restart Recount and Protect Voting Rights  (Lansing, Michigan) – Outraged by last night’s decision to shut down the recount, Michigan voters across the state demanded that the state Supreme Court fulfill its duty to uphold the rights of Michigan citizens and consider an appeal filed by the Stein campaign yesterday to continue Michigan’s recount. Protesters gathered in front of the Supreme Court in Lansing to call for reforms to Michigan’s broken voting system, arguing that the numerous irregularities uncovered during the recount provide significant evidence that voters in Michigan – particularly in communities of color – may have been massively disenfranchised. “What is going on in Michigan is a national disgrace. We will not stand by while Donald Trump and state Republicans shamefully attack our democracy and undermine our constitutional and civil rights,” said Lou Novak, a Detroit resident and recount volunteer who spoke to supporters at rally in Lansing this afternoon. “The discrepancies we’ve discovered while counting votes thus far are precisely the reason we need a recount in the first place. We will not back down from this fight now – no matter what it takes. The Michigan Supreme Court must do its job and re-start the recount.” In three days since the recount began, numerous irregularities and red flags surrounding the integrity of Michigan’s election have surfaced. Reports suggest that as many as half of Detroit votes – and many more in surrounding urban areas – were ineligible for a recount due to an antiquated state law that says a precinct cannot be recounted if the poll book and ballot box numbers fail to match. In 392 of 662 precincts in heavily Democratic Detroit, or 59 percent, the number of ballots in precinct poll books did not initially match those of voting machines printout reports. As the Detroit Free Press summed it in a headline Tuesday: “The list of problem precincts continues to grow during Michigan’s recount.”  Continue reading

TODAY! Emergency Recount Rally in Lansing

Media Advisory for: Thursday, December 8 at 2pm ET *TODAY at 2 PM* Michigan Voters Hold Emergency Rally At State Supreme Court after Trump, Republicans Block Recount  Recount Volunteers, Supporters, Ordinary Citizens Decry Unfair Decision to Suppress Voting, Civil Rights  (Lansing, Michigan) – Outraged by last night’s decision to shut down the recount, Michigan voters will hold an emergency rally and protest outside the state Supreme Court in Lansing today at 2 pm ET to speak out against the unfair decision and call on the Michigan Supreme Court to immediately allow the recount to continue. Continue reading

Emergency Rally for MI Recount Thursday, November 8

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Moments ago, U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith, acquiescing to arguments made by Donald Trump and Michigan Republicans, lifted his emergency order given Monday that set into motion Michigan's statewide recount.  Vowing to continue fighting aggressively for the constitutional rights of Michigan voters, the Stein campaign announced that it has appealed yesterday's ruling to Michigan's State Supreme Court. The campaign has moved to disqualify two Michigan Supreme Court justices from hearing cases related to the recount. Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. and Justice Joan Larsen have been mentioned by Donald Trump as potential nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court, and their involvement in the case would create an appearance of impropriety.   Continue reading