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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said on Friday her effort to request recounts of the election results in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania was aimed at assessing the integrity of the U.S. voting system, not at undermining Donald Trump’s White House victory.

While Stein’s effort this week may have spurred hope among disappointed supporters of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, the chances of such recounts – if they take place – overturning the overall result from the Nov. 8 election are extremely slim, given Trump’s margins of victory in the three states.

Stein, who won just one percent of the national vote herself, told CNN that while there was no evidence of tampering or other voting errors in the election, only a full review in those states would give Americans confidence in the results.

“This was a hack-riddled election,” she said, pointing to hacks before the vote of political organizations and individual email accounts, as well as recent media reports citing concerns by computer security experts.

The deadlines to request recounts are Friday for Wisconsin, Monday for Pennsylvania and Wednesday for Michigan. Stein has raised more than $4.9 million since launching the recount campaign on Wednesday. The Green Party said it wants to raise $7 million for recounts, including the cost of legal fees.

Although Trump won narrowly in the three states, the margins make it highly unlikely that any recounts would end up giving Clinton a win in all three states, which would be needed for the overall result to change. The Republican beat Clinton in Pennsylvania by 70,010 votes, in Michigan by 10,704 votes and in Wisconsin by 27,257 votes.

The presidential race is decided by the Electoral College, or a tally of wins from the state-by-state contests, rather than by the popular national vote. The Electoral College results are expected to be finalized when electors meet on Dec. 19.

Trump surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to win, although once the final tallies of votes are in, Clinton will have won the national popular vote by more than 2 million votes.

Asked if she was trying to upset Trump, Stein told CNN “Absolutely not,” adding that she also did not back Clinton.

A representative for the president-elect’s transition team on Thursday had no comment when asked about Stein’s effort.

But senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway suggested on Twitter that the push for recounts was ironic, given criticism of Trump before the election when he would not say whether he would accept the result of what he called a “rigged” political system.

Clinton has not commented publicly on Stein’s effort. Representatives for Clinton could not be immediately reached for comment.

(Additional reporting by Brendan O’Brien and Frank McGurty in New York; Editing by Tim Ahmann, Caren Bohan and Frances Kerry)

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68 responses to “U.S. Recount Effort Aimed At Testing Election Integrity”

  1. Godzilla says:

    Jill Stein is ripping people off. Useful eaters. Let’s also have a recount in California and New York and eliminate the dead people and illegal immigrants who voted. That should wipe out any popular lead she has. F-ing crybabies.

    • I Am Helpy says:

      Yes the REAL voter fraud wasn’t all the voter suppression or Russian hacking by the GOP – it was the imaginary racist stuff that you thought up while huffing glue.

  2. I Am Helpy says:

    Again, this is a scam. Jill Stein legally cannot even ask for a recount in at least one of the states. Stop giving money to anti-vaxxers.

    • dtgraham says:

      Well somebody has to do it. Hillary won’t challenge any of this. Hillary’s a merciless competitor who respects a hard-nosed campaign, and in her mind, Trump rigged that election fair and square. Think Democratic primaries.

      • I Am Helpy says:

        Gibberish.

        • dtgraham says:

          Rock on Tourette boy.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            OK sorry to hear that you are still the kind of bigoted garbage that thinks discrimination is cool.

            Good job helping Trump to win! Hope your imaginary purity was worth it!

          • dtgraham says:

            You’ve got to be kidding me. You even sh!t on any other party that wants to help Hillary out by raising money to fight this thing. That’s how pure you are. I didn’t notice the Clinton’s contributing, given their vast wealth. They apparently have a net worth of about 132 million dollars.

            In your own words, “Good job helping Trump to win!”

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Yes I get that you’re the kind of moron that supports neo-Nazis because of conspiracy theories.

            I mean, I’ve only been saying that to you for months now, but I get that as an illiterate dullard you are incapable of accepting your own grossness. Good job with the helping neo-Nazis win!

          • dtgraham says:

            Bernie Sanders urged his primary supporters to vote for Hillary and I agreed with him on that, given the alternative. I’ve made that clear.

            You’re part of the corporate, establishment, right of the Democratic party and any deviation from that makes you puke. I understand that.

            You’d rather have a Trump Presidency than any legitimate attempt to analyse the data, if the analysis is being financed by a party more to the left of your liking.

            If you knew that Deep Throat was a democratic socialist, you’d rather have Nixon go unprosecuted than take him down, if this was 1974.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Yes, I get that you think you can have it both ways. “I spent six months openly posting anti-Clinton conspiracy theories! She cheated! Also, you’re the REAL Trump supporter, somehow!”

            You are a goddam moron.

          • dtgraham says:

            One of your many gifts that you deliver to this website regularly is congenital lying. I have seriously questioned Hillary in the past on the mixing of the Clinton Foundation with the state department, and her quarter million dollar private speeches to big money special interests. That is true.

            However, I’ve never bought into the right’s conspiracy theories about her whether that’s Benghazi, Whitewater, Vince Foster, the Rose Law firm, or anything else. They’re all BS, and I’ve also made that clear.

            You know all this. You just want to ignore it and lie about it. By the way, what were those quotation marks about? I didn’t say that. You also know that, but that doesn’t matter to you does it?

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Yeah there’s no amount of insulting me that makes this not about you and your deficiencies.

            “I don’t believe ALL the right-wing conspiracy theories! Not Benghazi!!1”
            That’s it. That’s all you got.
            Pathetic.

          • dtgraham says:

            No, I also didn’t say that either despite your quotation marks. I said that I didn’t believe any of them over 30 years, but the questions about her Foundation are not just a whacked-out right wing conspiracy.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Yes I get that you have “questions”. Conspiracy theorists are always JAQing off.

          • dtgraham says:

            So did Jake Tapper, Wolf Blitzer, Don Lemon, George Stephanopoulos, Erin Burnett, etc… Questions are the kind way to put it. As Huma Abedin said in one of the hacked Podesta e-mails, “she created this mess and she knows it.” I’ve looked into this thoroughly. You haven’t because you didn’t want to.

            It’s Hillary you should be angry with.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Like I said: JAQing off.

            And I’ll continue to be angry with the dumb garbage who smear charities, if it’s all the same to you.

          • dtgraham says:

            Tell that to the mainstream media. Don’t tell it to me.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            “I’m not just credulous garbage – I’m credulous garbage who thinks he has an excuse!”
            – you.

          • dtgraham says:

            “I’m not just a simple minded, conservative Democrat, idiot who loves to lie and refuses to research anything.”

            “Well, yeah I guess I am.”
            – Tourette boy.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Yes I get that you’re a ableist bigot; no need to keep demonstrating that you’re closer to the Tea Party than an actual liberal. Good job helping fascists win!

          • dtgraham says:

            Aaah, beating you at your own game, my little Tourette wackeen?

          • I Am Helpy says:

            See previous post.

          • dtgraham says:

            That’s all folks. Gotta go watch the Grey Cup.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            See previous two posts.

          • dtgraham says:

            My team won. One of the better Grey Cup games ever.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            See previous three posts.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Also, I love that you bring up a right-wing conspiracy theory (Clinton Foundation!!!1) as proof that you’re open-minded. I couldn’t make this stuff up.

          • dtgraham says:

            After 3 decades of nutball conspiracies, they finally hit on something. The questions surrounding her Foundation were legitimate. It was discussed on all the networks, not just Fox and Breitbart. This really hurt her.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            They absolutely were not legitimate. You already helped Trump win with your smears.

          • dtgraham says:

            Tell that to CNN and all of the other non-Fox networks who routinely discussed it.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            “It must be true because right-wing talking heads talk about it!!11!”

            You. Are. Smearing. A. Charity.
            You are garbage.

          • dtgraham says:

            CNN? Non-Fox networks?

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Yes I get that you’re dim.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Classic.

          • dtgraham says:

            There were no other incredulous responses that fit as well.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            OK, if it makes you feel better I am sorry you’re dim. Dim people wreck everything – e.g. how you helped Trump win.

          • dtgraham says:

            Don’t be too hard on yourself.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            I dunno why bigots always think “I know you are but what am I?” works as a grown-up. My theory is that you all drop out of high school and never learn better.

          • dtgraham says:

            Never learn to be better.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            See previous post.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Also I love – LOVE – that you are accusing OTHER PEOPLE of being conformist. You poor, entitled, white petal.

          • dtgraham says:

            Sure, said by the one who won’t even accept the Green Party’s help for Hillary because they’re a little too left…am I right?

          • I Am Helpy says:

            OK good to know you’re as good at reading as you are at having thinking.

          • dtgraham says:

            I like conciseness as much as the next person, but do you ever post anything of substance beyond one or two sentences?

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Not to people of no substance, no.

          • dtgraham says:

            Not to people of any substance.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            OK sorry you’re like this. Get better soon!

          • dtgraham says:

            See previous post.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            See previous post.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Once more: the Greens are about as left as they are pro-environment. Which is to say, not at all.
            Do not give money to the anti-vaxxer con woman who cannot legally ask for recounts in at least one of the states, who explicitly refuses to guarantee that all the money is going to the recount bid, who keeps increasing the amount required, and WHO GODDAM HELPED TRUMP TO WIN.

          • dtgraham says:

            ~ The Green party doesn’t care about the environment. The Green party! Sure buddy.

            ~ From Stein’s donation form: “If we raise more than what’s needed, the surplus will also go toward election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform.” All laudable goals.

            ~ There are too many ifs, to blame Jill Stein for November 8th. Maybe Jill Stein voters are so angry at the two-party system that, if Stein had not been in the race, they would have stayed home or voted for Gary Johnson or written in Daffy Duck. They have a right to be angry. You’re also not factoring in that the Libertarians (who you never blame or talk down about) are a fringe right party and siphon off more votes from Republicans than Democrats. Johnson picked up a lot more votes than Stein did. She couldn’t get on the ballot in over half the states.

            ~ Stein is an MD and has said that she believes in and supports vaccines. Her concern is big pharma’s interference in the government’s approval process. You know all this.

            ~ You’re a simple minded little conservative, blue dog, moron who loves to lie.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            OK guess you fake liberals have to stick together.
            Good job helping Trump win!

          • dtgraham says:

            That’s it?? A classic Tourette boy golden oldie. That’s what people post who have nothing left. That’s what you post all the time.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Ah yes, there’s that fake-liberal bigotry. Good job helping fascism win.

          • dtgraham says:

            Good job stopping the nomination of the Democratic candidate who had a better chance of beating Trump.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Hahahaha yeah right buddy. If only we’d listened to the entitled white people!

          • dtgraham says:

            How’d your entitled candidate work out with those white people in the rust belt who sure as hell aren’t entitled? They’re hurtin’

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Yeah, I get that you think that Trump winning is the kind of thing to gloat about. Exactly like Stein, in fact.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            ALSO I thought you were claiming it was Russian hacking and we had to give money to the anti-vaxxer to prove it?

          • dtgraham says:

            We all know about the Russian hacking. They revealed things that hurt her, but those things were still true. If they weren’t, DWS wouldn’t have resigned in disgrace and Donna Brazille wouldn’t turn into a babbling idiot whenever asked about feeding debate questions in advance to Hillary.

            So?

          • I Am Helpy says:

            I love that you’re so crazy and stupid you can maintain that two mutually-exclusive things are true at the same time. You conspiracy cranks are fascinating, in a gross way. So hilariously broken.

      • Box says:

        rigged how exactly?

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