Green Party nominee Jill Stein filed a lawsuit in federal court as part of an effort to begin a statewide recount in Pennsylvania. In her complaint, Stein calls Pennsylvania’s elections “national disgrace.”
‘Voters are forced to use vulnerable, hackable, antiquated technology banned in other states, then rely on the kindness of machines. There is no paper trail. Voting machines are electoral black sites: no one permits voters or candidates to examine them.’
On Saturday, Stein tweeted that she was going to file a lawsuit, because “the people deserve answers.”
‘On Monday, I will escalate
#Recount2016 in PA and file to demand a statewide recount on constitutional grounds. The people deserve answers.
On Monday, I will escalate #Recount2016 in PA and file to demand a statewide recount on constitutional grounds. The people deserve answers.
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) December 4, 2016
This lawsuit came after Stein withdrew a suit in state court due to the costs. This most recent suit alleges that Pennsylvania’s voting machines were vulnerable to hacking. The lawsuit alleges that the state’s voting machines “have serious cyber security problems.”
‘In the 2016 presidential election, rife with foreign interference documented by American intelligence agencies and hacks of voter rolls in multiple states, voters deserve the truth.’
There is evidence that Russian operatives did hack the Democratic National Committee’s servers and released emails damaging to the Clinton campaign. Members of the national security community believe the efforts were an attempt to influence the presidential election. They also stated that they believe the hacks were ordered by “Russia’s senior-most officials.” That being said, there is no evidence that Russia hacked voting machines. Furthermore, the Clinton campaign has stated that they do not believe the recounts will change the outcome of the election and they have accepted Donald Trump’s victory.
In addition to Pennsylvania, Stein has filed for recounts in Michigan and Wisconsin. Donald Trump won all three states by narrow margins and the President-Elect’s campaign insists the recount will change nothing. On Sunday, Trump took to Twitter and blasted Stein’s recount campaign calling the movement a “scam.”
‘The Green Party just dropped its recount suit in Pennsylvania and is losing votes in Wisconsin recount. Just a Stein scam to raise money!’
The Green Party just dropped its recount suit in Pennsylvania and is losing votes in Wisconsin recount. Just a Stein scam to raise money!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016
As stated above, both major parties say they have accepted the outcome of the election. However, given the closeness of the race, and Clinton’s 2.5 million-lead in the popular vote, it makes sense that some voters would be wary of the official results. Hopefully, Stein’s recount can help shed some light on this matter.
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