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Jill Stein’s crazy vote recount plan went viral like a Kickstarter campaign

Published Nov 24th, 2016 7:15AM EST
Trump Election Stein's Vote Recount

Green Party candidate Jill Stein has absolutely no chance of becoming the next US President. That position is already filled by President-elect Donald Trump who did what many thought impossible on November 8th. That said, Stein’s side still wants a recount in three swing states, including Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

The crazy part is that she already got the initial $2.5 million in funding she wanted in just over a day of online crowdfunding. The crazier part is that she raised the goal of that campaign to $7 million. The absolutely craziest part about the whole thing is that these three states might be enough to give Clinton the win.

The campaign, similar to a Kickstarter crowd-funding project, apparently went viral.

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Stein’s campaign started on Wednesday morning when her campaign asked for $2.5 million for recounts. People pledged $2 million by midnight ET, The Verge reports, and another $500,000 by 3:00 AM on Thursday.

But the campaign raised the amount to $4.5 million after reaching the $2.5 million goal. The Green Party explained that the $2.5 million raised initially would be used for a proposed recount in Wisconsin, and the other two recounts still need funding.

Attorney fees would need one $1 million, Stein’s campaign said initially, on top of the $2.5 million that would cover the costs for the recounts.

The legal fees were then increased to $2 million and then to $3 million, which would bring the total cost of the recount in the three states to up to $7 million.

In a scenario where Stein would go forward with the plan, and the recounts would give Clinton the win in all three swing states, Trump would find himself out of a President job come January. Clinton’s new electoral votes tally would be 278, while Trump’s votes would fall to 260. That would turn Clinton into the next President-elect.

“Our effort to recount votes in those states is not intended to help Hillary Clinton,” The Green Party said. Instead, it’s “part of an election integrity movement” to “shine a light on just how untrustworthy the US election system is.”

The states were chosen because of “statistical anomalies” observed by independent experts. Stein said “the data suggests a significant need to verify machine-counted vote totals” in these three states.

That said, it’s not even clear whether the recounts will be set in motion.

As of this writing, Stein’s recounts campaign collected $2.6 million in pledges — read more details about it at this link.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.