Jill Stein Raises $5 Million for U.S. Vote Recounts

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    November 26, 2016 08:45

    Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has now raised the necessary $5 million to fund a vote recount in three swing states won by Donald Trump this month, a statement on her website said Friday.

    "Now that we have completed funding Wisconsin's recount (where we will file on Friday) and funding Pennsylvania's recount (due Monday), we will focus on raising the needed funds for Michigan's recount (due Wednesday)," it said.

    A post on Stein's campaign website called the voting machines used in Wisconsin "highly vulnerable to hacking and malicious programming," and said the machines lacked any security features.

    Supporters rally with Donald Trump in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Oct. 17, 2016. /Reuters

    Stein, however, stands to gain little from a recount, having won around 1 percent of the popular vote. The statement on her website said the recount effort wasn't meant to help Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump. Rather, the website says the move "is about protecting our democracy."

    While Clinton fans across the country may be hopeful about the recount, Trump's victory margins in the three states are large enough that overturning the results seem unlikely, according to experts.

    The Clinton campaign has yet to comment on the possible recount, but she and her supporters repeatedly denounced Trump during the campaign after he said he thought the election might be rigged against him.

    "We are a country based on laws, and we've had hot, contested elections going back to the very beginning," Clinton said in October, after her final debate with Trump. "But one of our hallmarks has always been that we accept the outcomes of our election."

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