Jill Stein: 'Why Would Anyone Not Want to Count the Votes?'

Some have wondered why Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has launched a vote recount effort in key battleground states, an effort for which she would have to pay raised nearly $5 million. After all, it's not like she stands to win, and she was no big fan of Hillary Clinton.


On Nov. 23, Stein launched her grassroots effort to challenge the vote totals in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. They are states that performed drastically different from polls before the election, and that discrepancy has raised some eyebrows.

President-elect Donald Trump won all three states by a small margin which propelled his electoral victory. In fact, Trump won Michigan by just 10,704 votes, the closest presidential race in Michigan's history. Meanwhile, the margin by which he has lost the popular vote has hit two million and is projected to grow.

"Why would anyone not want to count the votes? And to be sure that they are counted accurately?" Stein asked CNN in an interview just after her fundraising surpassed the $4M mark. "It's good for Americans to be reassured that our votes are counted."

"Those are exactly the states where you would expect to see it," Stein said of the three states she's targeting. "Where the difference is very close and where the impact would have been a small, statistical change that would have changed the outcome and just left it with a very minor difference in the votes between the two [major party] candidates."

Election integrity experts and advocates for verified voting say that the only way to resolve doubts of a legitimate election is to reexamine paper ballots and voting equipment in critical states

"This was an election in which we saw hacking all over the place," Stein reminded viewers via Skype. "We saw hacking into the democratic party database, hacking into voter databases in Illinois and Arizona...we also saw hacking into personal accounts."

At the same time, there is currently no national standard for voting equipment. 

"We have voting machines in Wisconsin that have been barred in California," Stein pointed out. "They were made illegal in California because they've been proven to be drop dead simple to go in and reprogram with malicious software."

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