by Scott Creighton
Here are a few updates on the process:
– Jill Stein went on CNN last night and spoke with CIA Mockingbird Anderson Cooper about this process. He asked her specifically why she was doing this when no one, not even J. Alex Halderman (who’s essay made up the entirety of Jill’s Wisconsin petition) said they had seen any evidence of election rigging in any of these three states. Jill said again it was all about “reassuring the voters”. She was then asked “why these three states that would flip the election results” and Stein answered saying something about there having been “irregularities” noted about them and quickly changed the subject back to “reinforcing voter confidence in the election process”. Interestingly, Cooper asked her about the money being collected and how it would be used specifically and she said that neither the Green Party or herself were in control of the money and it would be used for these effort, which begs the question that Anderson failed too ask “If you and the Green Party aren’t in control of how this money is used, who is?”. Jill Stein never offered that information.
– Jill Stein has hired the former head of the Michigan Democratic Party, Mark Brewer, to head up her legal team. Brewer is still a member of the national DNC. His wife, Julianna Smoot, “is a former White House social secretary who most recently served as deputy manager for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign”
– Jill Stein has hired another long time Democrat Party insider, Lawrence Otter to help with her recount efforts in Pennsylvania. As it just so happens, I found this picture of Lawrence Otter’s daughter hanging out with… Hillary Clinton… on his Facebook page.
– Jill Stein’s team is going to have a tough time forcing a recount in Pennsylvania. In that state you have to provide evidence of malfeasance in order to garner a recount even if you pay the fee. She said on Sunday they were going to have to “jump through some hoops” in order to get it done.
You also have to get 3 registered voters who voted to petition each county in the state in order to get a recount. That would take hundreds of voters. So far they have a hundred or so.
In what appears to be an effort to tamp down expectations from the folks who kicked in nearly 7 million dollars for this effort, Jill Stein in a video posted on Sunday, saying the process in Pennsylvania is more difficult than it is in Wisconsin.
Making if more difficult, Pennsylvania uses electronic voting machines with no paper trail. How they are going to effectively recount that is beyond me.
– Stein’s recount project is also facing issues in Wisconsin which they have already assured the concerned public was a done deal once they filed their “the Russians did it” petition this past Friday. Turns out what they want, a comprehensive count of all paper ballots, isn’t what Wisconsin wants to give them and so Stein and company are having to go to court there as well.
” It (Wisconsin state Elections Commission) rejected the Stein campaign’s request for a statewide hand recount, instead leaving it to each county to decide whether to use a machine or not. The Stein campaign said it was filing a legal challenge to trigger an all-hand recount.”
In Wisconsin, the Stein team is going to have to plop down 3.5 million dollars to pay for the hand recount by this evening at 8pm. They have filed a lawsuit to force all counties to do a manual count of the ballots. But with no evidence of actual election rigging, chances are slim they will succeed in a court of law with nothing more than New York Times articles about “da ebil Ruskies” as evidence.
Wisconsin Elections Commission chairman Mark Thomsen says he doesn’t think there is any justification for a recount and wants counties to be able to decide for themselves if they should manually count the ballots. Mark Thomsen is a Democrat.
– All three states must finish their recounts by Dec. 13th because the EC voters meet on the 19th to cast their votes. Deadline looming, establishment Dems set by Stein to run the various recount efforts in the various states. Already Stein is walking back expectations.
Seems to me like this effort of hers is in shambles. I don’t know what they intend to “count” in Pennsylvania. The printed receipts from the electronic voting machines? How useful would that be?