Jill Stein raises $4.5M to recount votes in three swing states
Jill Stein, the former Green Party candidate for president in the 2016 election, has garnered $4.5 million in donations as she pushes Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to recount their votes.
On Wednesday, Stein set up the campaign, which she says she will need $7 million in order to fund, on her website after experts announced that it was possible that Donald Trump had won the election due to voter fraud. Experts said that it was possible votes recorded electronically had led to an artificially lowered count for Clinton and a raised count for Trump.
With the money she has raised so far, Stein has promised to file in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin but has said that she needs to reach her goal of $7 million before she can file in Michigan as well.
The filing is particularly important, as these three states are swing states, meaning the election results were close in all three. What’s more, the electoral votes that each state carries could put Hillary Clinton at the coveted 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, effectively reversing what had before been announced as the results of the 2016 presidential election.
Still, Stein says there are no guarantees even once she files that the states will do the recount, but many feel it is worth taking the chance.