We have been asked what our intentions are for any surplus funds that we may have after the recount is "finished." While we expect there to be ongoing litigation in each state, especially as we continue to uncover alarming problems during the recount process itself, we would like to share the policy we have developed for any budget surplus.
Let Our Donors Decide!
1) We will send out a poll to each recount donor, asked them to participate in a Ranked Choice Voting process, to choose the recipients of surplus funds.
2) Donors will rank organizations in their order of preference (1st choice, 2nd choice and so on).
3) We will want to donate to multiple organizations. Fortunately, ranked choice voting can be used for single winner elections like President but can also be used to select multiple winners, for a fair and proportional result.
The Jill Stein for President campaign set up a separate Recount account so that we could be sure to comply with all Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations regarding filing income and expenditures during this process.
After the 2004 Ohio Recount, initiated and paid for by Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb, surplus funds were donated to organizations committed to continuing the fight for democracy.
After #Recount2016, Jill Stein would like to continue that history of donating to organizations that fight for voting justice every day, year round.
The form of ranked choice voting we will use is a system of proportional representation known as the single transferable vote.
If we decide to donate funds to four organizations, for example, the "winning" organizations will each need to receive at least 20% + 1 vote in support from the donors who choose to participate in the process.
If we decide to donate funds to nine organizations, the "winning" organizations will each need to receive at least 10% + 1 vote in support from the donors who choose to participate in the process.
Jill Stein for President Recount Team