Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein moved toward a voter recount in Pennsylvania she announced Monday after filing for a vote recount days before in Wisconsin. Stein’s recount efforts, which democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s team has said it would participate in, have been called “ridiculous” by president-elect Donald Trump who then went on a tweet storm.
Politico reported Stein’s campaign filed recount requests in over 100 Pennsylvania precincts Monday. Additionally, the Stein campaign lawyer Lawrence Otter said a lawsuit on behalf of 100 Pennsylvania voters was filed asking for a statewide vote recount. The lawsuit states voters are asking for the recount out of fears "about the integrity of electronic voting machines used in their districts."
"The Stein recount effort is mobilizing concerned voters across Pennsylvania to request recounts in their precincts,” Stein’s campaign manager David Cobb said in a statement. “Additionally, the campaign filed a legal petition in state court today on behalf of 100 Pennsylvania voters to protect their right to substantively contest the election in Pennsylvania beyond the recounts being filed by voters at the precinct level. This petition will allow the campaign to pursue a full statewide recount in Pennsylvania if precinct-level recounts uncover any irregularities or tampering.”
Unlike in Wisconsin, Stein can’t directly file for a recount effort in Pennsylvania. She explained more about the Pennsylvania recount on a video on her campaign website: “In addition to the costs of a recount, we also need to find at least three voters in each election district willing to submit an affadavit [sic] to their county board of elections requesting a recount. We will be working with our legal team to develop the affadavit [sic] language to send to those willing to do so.”
CBS News reported Stein has raised $500,000 for the Pennsylvania recount efforts.