Green Party members dispute over election recount

By Paige McGlauflin 11/30/16

Many members of the Green Party have taken stances against Jill Stein’s election recount initiatives in three states, including her running mate Ajamu Baraka. Stein has gained a lot attention lately after she announced her intent to file for a recount in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The former presidential candidate created a fundraiser on her website in order to raise enough money to cover the cost of a recount. Her original goal was two million dollars, and she has since raised over six million.
The reason for filing for a recount is to look into the integrity of counting votes with electronic voting, a method that is highly susceptible to hacking, and is what computer analysts think might have happened in these three states. When asked if she thought the recount would change the outcome of the presidential election, Stein told CNN that her efforts would very unlikely change the outcomes in those states, all of which Republican candidate and president-elect Donald Trump won.
Baraka told CNN that he was “not in favor of the recount,” and considered it a “potentially dangerous move.”


“It would be seen as carrying the water for the Democrats,” Baraka continued, referring to the fact that some view Stein’s efforts as helping Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who lost those states and other states that some said she was likely to win.


Green Party Maryland Senate candidate Margaret Flowers wrote an open letter signed by other members of the Green Party who do not support Stein’s efforts.
“While we support electoral reforms, including how the vote is counted, we do not support the current recount being undertaken by Jill Stein,” she said in the letter.