Jill Stein’s Recount Uncovers ‘Economic Extortion’ & Broken Voting Tech

‘Democracy should be all about transparency and accountability and voter participation. What we see in the recount is exactly the opposite,’ the Green Party’s presidential candidate tells MintPress News.
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    Update Dec. 12, 2016On Monday, a judge rejected Jill Stein’s request for a recount in Pennsylvania 

     

    AUSTIN, Texas — Despite numerous obstacles ranging from the financial to the political, Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein is pushing forward with a controversial recount campaign.

    “This is not what democracy looks like,” Stein told MintPress News on Thursday.


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    “Democracy should be all about transparency and accountability and voter participation. What we see in the recount is exactly the opposite.”

    Beginning late last month, Stein agreed to spearhead recount efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, citing irregularities in exit polls in these “swing states” and the persistent — though still unproven — claims fueled largely by the Democrats that Russians tampered with the election.

    A crowdfunding campaign has netted $7.3 million so far, but the campaign is requesting $9.5 million to cover the costs of forcing a recount in each state. Stein called these high fees a form of “economic extortion” that prevents citizens from easily auditing elections.

    “What we have learned from the recount is that there are innumerable obstacles to doing a recount,” Stein said.

    The recount continues in Wisconsin, and on Friday, a judge rejected a lawsuit by two political action committees linked to President-elect Donald Trump which sought to block the recount.

    “The recount looks like it’s going smoothly and competently,” U.S. District Judge James Peterson said during a hearing, according to the Associated Press.

    In Pennsylvania, Secretary of State Pedro Cortes, a Democrat, sought to block the recount. A court hearing to resolve the matter was held on Friday afternoon, with a decision expected on Monday.

    “The recount is being fought against on every front,” Stein told MintPress.

    Trump and the GOP’s opposition to the recount is evidence that the president-elect knows he does not have a clear mandate to lead and only won the election by a thin margin, Stein said. Though the Electoral College is expected to give the presidency to Trump on Dec. 19, Hillary Clinton is ahead by more than 2.6 million in the popular vote.

    “We do not consent to a government that does not represent us and appears to be quite worried about its own legitimacy, given how Donald Trump is trying to fight this,” Stein said

    In Michigan, Stein and her legal team are vowing to appeal court decisions that blocked the recount after just two days. She noted that numerous irregularities in Michigan elections were revealed in those two days alone, including discrepancies in the number of ballots cast, as recorded by poll workers, compared with the total number of votes, as recorded by voting machines, in 392 out of 662 voting precincts in Detroit, a primarily Democratic-leaning city. At least 87 optical scanners used to read ballots also broke on Election Day.

    “Human errors occur that may be small but which result in the failure to be able to verify and count tens of thousands of votes, and this is routinely happening now in Detroit,” Stein said.

    Discrepancies seem concentrated around Detroit’s minority communities. Stein compared the city’s voting infrastructure to its schools, both of which are chronically underfunded in non-white neighborhoods.

    “If you live in a community of color you do not have the right to be reassured and check that your vote is ok,” Stein said. “You can do that if you’re in a white, suburban community that doesn’t have the same kinds of infrastructure problems.”

    Though alarming, this finding is in line with years of research into race-based voting disenfranchisement. In 2006, Greg Palast, a reporter and author of books including “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy,” told Democracy Now! that U.S. voting data shows that racial minorities are far more likely to have their votes discounted or lost than whites. Describing his analysis of 2004 election data, he recalled:

    “If you’re a black person, the chance your ballot will be technically invalidated is 900 percent higher than if you’re a white voter. Hispanic voter, 500 percent higher than if you’re a white voter. Native Americans, it’s like 2,000 percent higher than if you’re a white voter.”

    While Stein said the legal battle to force a Michigan recount is not over yet, she added: “We are now moving into the court of public opinion.”

    Using the momentum initiated by the recount, she said, “‘We are going to grow this movement for a voting system that is accurate, secure and just.”

    Moving forward, she wants to see successful state-wide electoral reforms adopted as a model for nationwide voting reform. After a popular movement for election reform, New Mexico passed a law in 2006 retiring all paperless electronic voting machines. The state now requires voter verified paper ballots and automatic post-election audits of paper voting records, and allows no-fault absentee voting.

    And this year, voters in Maine agreed to use ranked-choice voting to determine most officeholders in future elections. Under ranked-choice voting systems, voters choose more than one candidate for each office, ranked in order of preference, with votes rolling over to their second or even third choices if their preferred candidates fail to garner enough support.

    “Ranked-choice voting would require the Democrats to really step up to the plate and try to earn your vote, not just scare you into voting for them,” Stein said.

    Stein envisions a mass movement to repair American democracy. Key reforms she cited include rolling back the massive fees needed for recounts, discontinuing the use of unreliable and error-prone voting machines, opening debates to third-party candidates, and bringing an end to voter ID laws and other forms of disenfranchisement that force mostly minority voters off the voting rolls.

    Stein noted that it’s much harder to fix serious problems facing the country, including unchecked police brutality, global warming, and endless wars, when Americans are unable to reliably vote for candidates who promise to implement solutions to these crises.

    “For all those reasons, our vote really is the bedrock of our democracy and we need to stand up and fight for it,” she urged.

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      • Bob Beal

        European countries tried and rejected electronic voting — and returned to (AC)COUNTABLE paper ballots.

      • “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” Mark Twain

        Aug 19, 2016 Electoral College and the National Archives

        Every four years the Office of the Federal Register — part of the National Archives and Records Administration — administers the Electoral College. The Office of the Federal Register informs the governments of the 50 states and the District of Columbia what is required to fulfill their duty under the Constitution to elect the President and Vice President of the United States. This video explains how the Electoral College works and the Office of the Federal Register’s role in collecting the documentation Congress needs to count the Electoral College.

        https://youtu.be/caRt0eHA0Pk

      • James Wherry
        • tapatio

          For those who are unaware, James Wherry is the “resident” Zionist troll on Mint Press. His function is to denigrate the articles here and attack anyone who tells the truth about US Imperialism, Zionism, Judaism or its gods – the Rothschild-Bilderberg Predatory Empire.

          Mr Wherry is a former major in the US Army who was employed in “Civil Affairs”, the organization that involved in “enhanced” techniques to render populations docile and obedient to whatever puppet the Empire placed over them. He has bragged on Mint Press about helping to train the state terrorists of Uganda.

          Mr. Wherry is also what is called a “gay” chickenhawk – older men who prey on young boys.. It’s actually a sub-species of ped0phile who is too cowardly to actually run the risk of attacking children and turns their attention to barely legal young men. In Mr Wherry’s case, he obtained a young Filipino boy through a web site that handles such transactions, brought the boy to the US and “married” him. Presumably, the boy’s birth certificate is authentic (difficult to know in a country like the Philippines, where any official document is available for under $100). At any event, Mr Wherry appears to be a very, very dissipated 50-something and the boy looks like he should be in junior high school.

          I know this because James Wherry trolled me for some months, on this site, until I became sufficiently irritated. He was stupid enough to use his real name and a traceable photo, making it easy to investigate him and do a background check.

          ANY CREATURE THAT WOULD MAKE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT HAS A VERY DISEASED MIND…………………..

          “”I’m very happy about it,” James Wherry said. “Marriage is the bedrock of our society. I hope that same-sex couples can rejuvenate and revitalize marriage and give it the respect it is due.””

          https://www.facebook.com/james.wherry.39

          http://wrbl.com/2015/06/27/local-reaction-to-scotus-decision/

          http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29462263.html

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtrbvD22CEQ

          Anyone wishing to chat with James Wherry on the subjects of Jew crimes, Jews defrauding of America and war crime involvement by US Army “Civil Affairs” could do so at this address…………….
          JAMES WHERRY
          6300 MILGEN RD, APT 1403
          COLUMBUS, GA 31907
          OR AT
          6450 Way Ave Bldg 2839 • Fort Benning, GA 31905
          (Fort Benning is home of School of the Americas. Wherry has claimed that he has never worked at Fort Benning – he lied)

          I’m sure Wherry would also love to show how to buy boy s-x slaves from third world countries and show the one he brought home from the Philippines

          • James Wherry

            “tapatio” makes stories up about me, therefore you cannot believe anything he posts about Israel or any other subject. I am a gay adult married to another gay adult. “tapatio” calls homosexuality
            “unnatural” and proudly endorses physical violence against gays by Muslims. He has tried to sell the idea on this webpage that gays are child molesters. Quite the Leftist, eh? No.

            He’s also tried to claim I have I work at the School of the Americas because I live in Columbus, Georgia (pop. 202,824 residents, with 316,554 in the greater Columbus-Phenix City metropolitan area). I’ve never worked there and I can’t find anything about the size of the cadre on Wikipedia, but I can guess it’s not quite that large. He’s also tried to claim I have taught human rights abuses to Ugandan Soldiers – though he’s never seen any training materials I used, when I taught “Ethical Use of Force and Human Rights.” A FOIA request would likely get the current CJTF-HOA materials and they are in line with the Geneva Conventions, of course.

            “tapatio” “Stolen Valor” is a faker who claims to be an American veteran. His contempt for ALL of
            America’s men and women in uniform disproves that lie, but then HE claimed to have raped women and bayonetted babies in Vietnam. As a “Vietnam Veteran Against War,” he is eager to see war against Israel and watch Jews die so he can help “ERADICATE Judaism.” He keeps getting caught in his lies: one day he says he has a favorite niece who is gay, the next day, it’s a
            favorite “nephew.” This week, it became “my niece and nephew how are gay.” I wonder if they know that he thinks of them as “unnatural” and that he supports violence against gays by Muslims.

            “tapatio” is a neo-NAZ! who shares the same views and values as David Duke or Adolph Hitler about Jews, gays, or Christians who support them. “tapatio” uses fake Talmud quotes, fake quotes imputed to America’s founding fathers, and fake quotes from Israeli leaders to try and deceive readers. His recent comment sums him up: “Jews don’t protest: they lie, cheat, steal, murder and corrupt.” He is the only person on this website who has praised the NAZ! Party of WWII for the HOLOCAUST as “an act of self-preservation by non-Jews.” Gosh, those 3 million Polish Jews must have been really nagging at his fellow Aryan Brothers to make them want to invade and slaughter them. . . .

            “tapatio is also a latent homosexual whose frequent comments make it clear that his unnatural obsession with me and my husband comes from some form of PEDOPHELIA he has. His comment “why don’t you go suck that little boys brains out” is an obscene comment advocating pedophilia because of his own gross perversion. Adults don’t actually talk like that and it makes him sound more like a juvenile. In truth, “tapatio” uses obscenities as an internet bully to drive others away, when he can’t fool them with his lies.

            The real reason “tapatio” has embarked on his personal temper tantrum against me is that I have exposes him as a NAZ! and I keep quoting him to prevent him from denying his Jew Hatred. Jew Hatred is the very essence of the BDS BS movement and it is what attracts so many neo-NAZ!s to this webpage. MintPressNews should think about that, and it should think about actually developing a fair and balanced agenda that includes condemning Iran for human rights abuses of ethnic and religious minorities and gay men and women. But then, this website shills for Iran and is a Shi’ite website dedicated to that end, run by someone who formerly worked for http://www.PressTV.ir.

            • tapatio

              WHERRY, ALL PEOPLE HAVE TO DO IS READ THE MATERIAL I’VE PROVIDED. I DIDN’T “PLANT” STORIES IN YOUR CRACKER TOWN’S NEWSPAPER OR THAT TV STATION THAT COVERED YOUR MOLESTATION/MARRIAGE TO “MARIO”.

              I DIDN’T PUT UP YOUR FECESBOOK PAGE WITH THE PHOTO OF YOU IN AN ORGANIZATION THAT’S BEEN INVOLVED IN STATE TERRORISM SINCE THE Phoenix Program in ‘Nam.

              ANYONE CAN RUN A BACKGROUND ON YOU, JUST AS I DID, AND FIND THAT “NO FATHER IS LISTED” AND OTHER INTERESTING FACTS.

              THERE’S NOTHING THAT I’VE SAID ABOUT YOU THAT ISN’T PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE, K-Y JELLY BREATH.

              • James Wherry

                1. YOU HAVE LIED ABOUT MY HUSBAND’S AGE AND THEN ADMITTED IT.

                2. YOU HAVE LIED ABOUT CIVIL AFFAIRS BECAUSE YOU ARE ANGRY WE RAN THE GOVERNMENT OF YOUR BELOVED OCCUPIED GERMANY.

                3. YOU KIED AND CLAIMED I WIRKED FOR THE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS AND THEN ADMITTED YOU HAS NO CLUE IF I DID.

                3. ONCE AGAIN, “POOPY MOUTH TAPATIO,” YOU USE OBSCENITIES.

                NO ONE CAN BEKIEVE ANYTHING YOU SAY ABOUT YOUR NAZ!PAST IR ABOUT ISRAEL.

          • James Wherry

            Tsk. You forgot to tell people what you think about ALL JEWS like Jill Stein.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f0d0469a7d7ea0eb181b464f6d78ea33c1d226d16c67adff64a29be19deb0e8b.jpg

          • James Wherry

            OF COURSE, ACCORDING TO THE NEO-NAZ! PEDOPHILE, CRAPATIO, THE JEW JILL STEIN IS NOT “PROTESTING” – SHE’S LYING, CHEATING, STEALING, MURDERING AND CORRUPTING.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3e352b74ccce71fc3a71f82cfd67653b97fd368b27708beb50c7817a58e24e08.jpg

      • James Wherry

        No. This “article” is a smokescreen. After more than 10 days, she’s proven no such thing in Wisconsin, except minor irregularities. ” The day 10 results show that Hillary Clinton has gained a net of only 25 votes over Donald Trump. Trump won Wisconsin by more than 22,000 votes, a margin that has changed only by microscopic amounts despite the at least $3.5 million price tag. You can get the latest raw recount data here.”

        http://legalinsurrection.com/2016/12/wisconsin-held-hostage-recount-day-10/

        Latest information: http://elections.wi.gov/publications/statistics/recount/2016/12-10-spreadsheet

      • Nov 7, 2016 Presidential Candidate Gloria la Riva: ‘The Elections are Rigged

        The Empire Files’ Abby Martin interviewed presidential candidate Gloria La Riva: “Elections in the United States are a rigged system.”

        https://youtu.be/dUM995cO72Q

        • Jack Exton

          You should have spoke up about the primaries being rigged. I was an election official and witnessed how a closed primary, rigs the elections.

      • December 05, 2016 Chosen Leaders, Proven Failures and Political Debacles

        With a few notable exceptions, political leaders are chosen by political leaders, and not by electorates or community-based organizations or popular assemblies. Popular media figures and the so-called ‘pundits’, including academics and self-declared experts and ‘think-tank’ analysts reinforce and propagate these choices.

        http://www.globalresearch.ca/chosen-leaders-proven-failures-and-political-debacles/5560430

      • diggarah

        We don’t have a democracy. We have a Constitutional Republic. Idiot.

        • single payer

          And that makes all irregularities perfectly ok…………what a bunch of idiots……..

          • GangusCong

            All these supposed irregularities are figment of Liberal Hollywood Fairy Endings that won’t happen this time or any other time! YOU LOST…… just face that fact for at least 4yrs…. if not 8 Years!

            • troubled57

              It looks like the celebrations have tapered off among our formerly exuberant Trump supporters. And it gets quieter with every cabinet appointment, policy announcement and idiotic tweet.
              Trump has put his wealthiest, most globalization minded cronies in… he’s picked a fight with our biggest trading partner… taken our avowed Communist enemy (Saint Reagan’s evil empire) and put them in charge of our elections, and he strikes out like a child at anyone: plain vanilla citizens, comedians, the entire news media, major corporations and even our nation’s entire security apparatus.
              Now they are going after your social security, health care and yes, your money.
              Good luck…

              • GangusCong

                ahahaha… you still MAD your precious FAT Hitlery LOST! lol… 😀 Jealous much… ‘eh? ;-P

        • GALT

          But the constitution has been discarded…..so what do we have NOW?

        • Jack Exton

          We have a democratic republic, to be more accurate.

          • GangusCong

            We do not have a true democracy and the only country in history that has ever even approached the standards of one citizen = one vote, was Ancient Greece. Where only those chosen or born into the class of citizen had the right to vote. Although that’s basically the description of a democracy, that demonstrates proof positive, that America is yet to become a true Democracy!

            He’s therefore 100% correct. America is made up of a Republic of individual States. Which are to be represented equally in the election of the President, by way of the Electoral College. So that a hugely over populated state like California doesn’t end up deciding the election every single time!!!

            • GALT

              Sorry chief, but the electoral college delegates are based
              on population + 2, so the more populous a state is, the more
              influence it has…..if half the population of the united states
              LIVED in california…..it would choose the president EVERYTIME,
              all by itself.

              Meanwhile, you have allowed yourself to be distracted, wasting energy
              on inane topics, over which you have no control…..your rights
              are tied to common law and equity…..but common law and equity
              no longer exist…..which means you have no rights.

              The people you vote for, don’t care what you think…..YOU are not
              represented…..and that condition is not synonymous with either
              a “democracy” or a “representative republic”….

              But there are other descriptions which are more appropriate…..you
              would be better served, devoting your energy in determining
              the definition that actually applies to your current reality.

              • GangusCong

                You have no idea what you’re talking about. Yes each State has just two senators in congress….. even Rhode Island!

                It’s the districting that gives greater or lesser representation in the House. Which both parties have been manipulating via Gerrymandering to get the most electoral votes for their party. Electoral College does award states with more people…. greater delegate counts.

                What really sets the tone for the presidential election is the fact that Iowa always is the 1st state and in the primary. After that….. the other states tend to follow. That’s why Iowa was so important for Trump to win in the first hours of returns. The most delegates awarded to any state are California. What’s really shocking about that is that even with a Supermajority of Democrats….. Dems have a hard time getting electors from rural areas. This is where Republicans have always turned most of the land mass in CaliMexifornia…. RED.

                Only the city centers remain blue and because California is counted so late, they never are the state that wins it for either Republicans or Democrats! ….they might as well not vote in CaliMexifornia. Because as soon as one candidate crosses 270 votes the election is called!!! …..and that’s the reason near all CaliMexifornians were crying so hard this time around!!! THEY COULDN’T WIN IT FOR HiTLERY!!!

                “Some see the Electoral College as a peculiar and mystifying institution that ensures only a few, select individuals will ever cast a direct vote for president in the United States. Others complain that the system rewards smaller states with more proportional power than the large ones.”
                http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/jarrett-stepman/why-america-uses-electoral-college-not-popular-vote-presidential-election Now if you are so upset by Trump’s Victory…… then maybe you should move with Obama to Cuba!!! ……where they don’t even conduct ELECTIONS!!!

                It’s sole count of states that wins the election for each presidential election for equal say as to who wins and if by using gerrymandering (as both parties do) they somehow luckily win, it’s still win the Popular Vote is never allowed to determine our Presidential Election. If California really got a proportional number of districts for their population, the majority would always win and nobody living in other states should even bother to vote. That’s why I say, that we should never allow the elimination of the Electoral College. Because it’s worked for over 200 yrs, with only the losers doing all the complaining till the next election!!! ;-P

                • GALT

                  You have said nothing that contradicts the FACT that
                  each state receives electoral votes based on the number
                  of reps + 2…….and this was to correct your claim that…

                  ” Which are to be represented equally in the election of the President, by way of the Electoral College.”

                  But they are NOT represented “equally”……they are represented
                  proportionally…..which also confirms the FACT that, if even MORE
                  PEOPLE lived in California, they would get more “electoral” votes.
                  ( this is why we have a census every ten years )

                  BTW these electors are “unbound” regardless of what the popular
                  vote results are….

                  So when you either learn to read, or express yourself correctly,
                  then you might be able to compose an appropriate reply.

                  My post has nothing to do with who won the election, I
                  couldn’t care less…….and since you didn’t address what
                  I did write…..your response is entirely non-sequitur.

                  Your mistaken claim has been corrected…..

          • Bob Beal

            But is it democratic?

      • Dan Delgado

        Would you guys like a little cheese with that whine?

        • troubled57

          You’ll be crying soon enough, Elmo.

          • Progressive Republican

            Not for my tastes.