Here is the explanation of why Jill Stein is demanding a recount.
Here is the text of the TrustVote email I received which clarifies the whole recount situation. Many of us have been angry and this email will explain why Jill Stein is involved.
Dear TrustVote.org member,
Please forgive me if you do not see your name in this email. I do not know the Mail merge software. My staff is on vacation.I am writing you on Thanksgiving weekend because I would like to clarify some facts about the recount, and also address a specific attack that is being circulated against Jill Stein and the recounts. I invite you to share what I am writing about with others.
I hope you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
About the Recounts and Why They are Being Done: The money for the vote recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania has been raised. As of this writing, she has raised $5,107,136. Many of you who are writing back to me are angry because TrustVote.org is supporting this recount. I want to make it clear that we have evidence that Jill’s votes were manipulated as were Hillary’s. It was a kind person on our mailing list who sent us screen shots of apparent vote manipulation of Jill’s votes in Maine that stimulated the Green Party to do the recount. Also, although Jill’s polls indicated that she was up to 5% in terms of national support by October 31st, her vote totals were down to about 1% everywhere in the nation. This is mysterious. Jill is supporting the recount for all Presidential candidates.
The role of TrustVote.org in this Recount: Our own Bob Fitrakis PhD, JD, who is the Green Party co-chairman for Jill Stein in Ohio as well as an election attorney, was integrally involved in setting up the recount. Your support has helped him be able to dedicate the time to this effort. Thank you! We would deeply appreciate your continued support both of Bob Fitrakis and of other local recount observers and lawyers in each state.
About an Attack on Jill's Integrity: Jill is also now being attacked by both Tromp and Hillary supporters. Writers supporting Trump are alleging that Jill appears to be ready to pocket the money for herself. This attack starts by quoting a paragraph on Jill's own donate page.
"All money raised goes toward recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. We hope to do recounts in all three states. If we only raise sufficient money for two, we will demand recounts in two states. If we only raise enough money for one, we will demand a recount in one state.
We cannot guarantee a recount will happen in any of these states we are targeting. We can only pledge we will demand recounts in those states.
If we raise more than what's needed, the surplus will also go toward election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform."
I can understand how this might confuse people and generate suspicion. It was written when Jill was not clear she could raise the money, much like I, at TrustVote.org put in a sentence about donations you make to our site. This statement needs to be updated. The allegation that Jill will pocket the money completely for herself is completely WRONG. All money raised by Jill goes into a State trust account in each state. She is NOT in control of the money. If for some reason, the recounts were not happening, she would be obligated to return the money to donors. She has also hired a large law firm which will fight very strongly any state resistance to the recounts. the states could also express resistance by delaying the recounts beyond December 19th when the electors vote. This would be heavily disputed by the New York law firm. We also want the media to know of any resistance.
Why She Increased the Original Amount on her Donate Page: What she asked for in the beginning, by the way, was smaller than she needed. She was nervous that people would not donate. When money started pouring in, she upped the amounts needed, which was more accurate. I would like to see her update her website now and have made a request to Bob, her attorney that a statement about how the money will be held in state trust accounts now replace her old statement up above.
Other States Need to be Added: In my opinion, she also really needs to include Florida in the recount efforts. Pennsylvania has a large number of electronic voting machines with no paper trail. Florida also has questionable vote totals. Unlike Pennsylvania, Florida has a large number of optic scan machines. Optic scan machines use paper ballots that can be recounted. I am also making a request for Bob to speak to her about adding Florida.
Interesting Initial Responses from the Democratic Party: With respect to Hillary, I am not absolutely positive she will pick up the ball and run with it if the votes show manipulation. I imagine she would be heavily pressured by some to take back her concession. Obama has been opposing disputing the election results and wants to have a “smooth transition to Trump.” The Democratic party also was asserting before the election that the election was not rigged. Nonetheless we will see what happens.
I would appreciate if all of you who are TrustVote.org members would tell your friends about what I have revealed in this mailing, so that the truth be spread around. Let us see what we can do about supporting the recount further with our energy! I also welcome your feedback and can guarantee that I will have the time look at it especially if it is mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks so much again for your support!!
415 847 5950 (cell)
With a little luck we will all feel ok about this explanation and not argue with each other about how it came about.