Jill Stein isn’t giving up on her bid for a Pennsylvania recount.
In an email to supporters Sunday morning, Stein’s campaign acknowledged Saturday’s late-day news that it dropped a lawsuit to recount the votes in the Keystone State.
“Yes, we have withdrawn the statewide Election Contest, but only due to a million dollar ‘ransom’ ordered by a Judge. In both Michigan and Wisconsin money paid covers the cost of the states for the recount,” the campaign said in an email. “Here in Pennsylvania the money is ordered to be paid just to have a Hearing, with no assurance that the count will go forward… so Jill will go forward.”
Stein is planning a press conference for noon Monday outside Trump Tower in New York City. Simultaneously, the campaign says, a separate press conference is set at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg. And that’s where she wants supporters — of her, or of the recount — to head.
“If you support this effort, please join us at the Capitol to show the Pennsylvania government and the public that we want a voting system we can trust,” the campaign wrote. “Let all know that this is a movement propelled by citizens coming together.”
The lawsuit Stein’s Bucks County attorney Lawrence Otter filed Monday afternoon in Commonwealth Court asked for a full, statewide recount of the vote in every county based on several issues, including:
- The findings of data scientist Alex Halderman
- The hacks into internal DNC communications
- Alleged attempted hacks in Illinois and Arizona
- The fact that pre-election polls differed from the results
The voters who are part of the lawsuit also wanted a recount to determine whether any hacking of Pennsylvania’s electronic voting machines took place. Election officials in Pennsylvania continue to contend that the state’s voting machines, which are antiquated, aren’t especially susceptible to hacks. They also continue to say that safeguards are in place to ensure the election process in Pennsylvania is fair and correct.
Here’s the Stein campaign’s full email to supporters:
No, the recounting in Pennsylvania is not over! Yes, we have withdrawn the statewide Election Contest, but only due to a million dollar “ransom” ordered by a Judge. In both Michigan and Wisconsin money paid covers the cost of the states for the recount. Here in Pennsylvania the money is ordered to be paid just to have a Hearing, with no assurance that the count will go forward…so Jill will go forward. Monday morning Jill will hold a major press conference in New York City, in front of Trump Tower, to announce her plans to the PA action to Federal Court. The county-level recounts will also continue. This is a beginning, not the end. Read Jill’s full STATEMENT on the recounts for background and updates.
While Jill will be making her announcement in New York, the PA Recount team has also scheduled a press conference at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, 12 noon on Monday December 5, 2016. Updates on the PA recounts will be announced in conjunction with the New York press conference. Recent days have seen Donald Trump and his super PACs pushing to shut down the hand counting of votes cast in November in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Here’s a thought: Let’s turn the press conference into a rally! Come out and make your voice heard.
If you support this effort, please join us at the Capitol to show the Pennsylvania government and the public that we want a voting system we can trust. Let all know that this is a movement propelled by citizens coming together. There is a reason so many have fallen out to favor with the practice of voting, and one primary one is the lack of trust in of entire electoral system, and Pennsylvania remains one of the most troubling systems, as it has NO PAPER BALLOTS in 50 of our 67 counties. Couple that with a history of judges making partisan decisions in such cases, and it’s clear that we must elevate this fight to the Federal Courts. This is how we respond to bullies, we stand our ground and fight back.
This is what Jill Stein had to say of the bond ordered: “The judge’s outrageous demand that voters pay such an exorbitant figure is a shameful, unacceptable barrier to democratic participation. This is yet another sign that Pennsylvania’s antiquated election law is stacked against voters. By demanding a $1 million bond from voters yesterday, the court made clear it has no interest in giving a fair hearing to these voters’ legitimate concerns over the accuracy, security and fairness of an election tainted by suspicion. No voter in America should be forced to pay thousands of dollars to know if her or his vote was counted. Still, the recount continues and we will fight to ensure the civil and voting rights of all citizens are protected. We look forward to announcing our next step on Monday and we will pursue every available remedy to ensure Pennsylvanians can trust what happened in this election.”
Let’s show the world that birthplace of democracy shall not become its graveyard, as long we, the people, have a say. Until victory, we move onward! Thank you for all of your support.