Chants of “count every vote” echoed through the Capitol Rotunda as Green Party members rallied Monday in support of Jill Stein’s effort to force a Pennsylvania recount. “Shame on you, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Pat LaMarche, of an appellate court’s decision last week requiring petitioners to front a $1 million bond in order to move forward with the process. Earlier in the day, attorneys for Stein filed a federal lawsuit in an attempt to secure a forensic audit of votes cast in November’s presidential election that resulted in a narrow victory by President-elect Donald Trump against Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump currently holds a 47,000-vote edge against Clinton, although the margin is not close enough to trigger an automatic recount. Stein drew less than 1 percent of the votes cast.
Recount supporters say an audit–which would involve a close examination of the machines themselves–is the only way to ensure hackers or faulty equipment didn’t compromise the results.
The president-elect called Stein’s attempted recount a “scam” in light of the $7 million Stein raised since she began the effort.
So far, Philadelphia’s partial recount netted Clinton five additional votes, 4 from absentee ballots and one from a provisional ballot. Allegheny County’s recount yielded the exact same result as from immediately after the election.