Despite her successful fundraising effort, state law makes Jill Stein’s Pennsylvania recount next to impossible.
According to state law three voters in each precinct or election district in Pennsylvania must submit a notarized affidavit to the clerk in their individual election districts in order to initiate a recount.
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There are 9,163 precincts in Pennsylvania.
That would be a monumental task.
As Stein points out herself in a video posted on Sunday, initiating a statewide recount of Pennsylvania’s vote is “especially complicated.” Unlike Wisconsin, Stein can’t simply file a direct request for a recount, leaving just two paths for a potential statewide audit.
Stein could appeal the election results in court, but would have to present evidence that election fraud was probable in Pennsylvania. According to a spokeswoman from the Department of State, the deadline to file a lawsuit is today.
While Stein is essentially alleging that errors, tampering or hacking had occurred to affect outcomes in the three states, even computer scientists who recommended a recount to rule out tampering have gone to great lengths to make it clear there is no proof of hacking or fraud in the election results.
President-elect Donald Trump continued to slam the recount effort over the weekend, calling it a “scam” and declaring “nothing will change.” Marc Elias, general counsel for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, said the Clinton campaign agrees with the recount in “principle,” but also wrote that “we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology.”
So instead, Stein is promoting an “especially complicated” voter-initiated recount effort that involves three voters in every precinct or election district in Pennsylvania submitting a notarized affidavit to the clerk in their individual election districts.
According to the Department of State, there were 9,163 voting precincts in Pennsylvania during the 2016 election.