Here is yesterday's press release from Jill2016's recount. It's long. It's really long. It says a lot. It's very much worth reading if this matter interests you at all. But it doesn't tell the whole story.
The biggest news, about Donald Trump's lead in Pennsylvania being reduced from 70,000+ to 46,000+, has no direct connection with Stein's recount efforts. It's just late returns and absentees finally added to the tally. It does not bring the race within the 0.5% threshold to trigger an automatic recount. However, it could give Clintonites some hope that recounts in the various counties will reveal more discrepancies.
The press release mentions some interesting numbers from Wisconsin, where some rural counties exhibited statistically suspicious red shifts compared to recent presidential elections. However, it does not mention little Menominee County's updated totals: Trump lost a vote, Clinton lost two, but Johnson and Stein received infinity percent increases in wards 1, 3, 4, and 5—from zero to 11 and 17, respectively. How many additional counties that reported goose eggs will end up revising their results?
This news from Menominee County harmonizes with Facebook reports of voters in North Carolina writing in Stein/Baraka, who then saw that their counties reported no votes for Stein/Baraka. Jurisdictions report zeroes because some county clerk or precinct chair forgets that those non-major parties or write-in candidates even exist. Thus, as tiny as they are, Menominee's numbers make the earth move. All those small counties will not bring Stein's total to 5% or the state ballot access requirement, but recounts will show one way the system works to crush alternative parties and movements.
Even with news of shifting numbers, the fussing among Greens over the wisdom of the recount effort continues. On one FB forum, a Greenish opponent of the effort posted a link to the press release, observing that its emphasis on Trump's legal moves to thwart the recounts proves that Stein is working in coordination with the Clinton campaign (which, by the way, would be illegal).
In case it has escaped your notice, many Greens do no consider Clinton a better alternative than Trump for a host of reasons we have discussed previously. Stein has explained her position on this matter eloquently and voluminously. There is no guarantee that the post-election violence and harassment by Trump supporters would not be happening if Clinton had won. I take Stein at her word that this about electoral integrity, not helping either major-party campaign. The fact that people are ascribing sinister ulterior motives to this expensive and tiresome effort is, to borrow from our alleged president-elect, "Sad."
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