Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein said a roughly $1.5 million refund from the Wisconsin recount could go toward a new voter advocacy effort in the state. Stein, who received about 1 percent of the vote and gained 66 votes in the recount, held a rally Tuesday at the state Capitol to address the results of the state’s historic recount, which her campaign paid $3.5 million to initiate, and launch Count My Vote Wisconsin. … Stein’s campaign raised more than $7 million in a short period to fund recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Only the Wisconsin recount made it past court challenges seeking to halt all three.
Stein said there are still some litigation costs her campaign must pay, but that any surplus will pay for advocating for changes such as replacing voting machines with hand-marked ballots read by optical scanners, ensuring audits of elections take place and requiring recounts in close races.
She said the group’s advocacy will also include fighting against voter ID laws and interstate voter registration cross-check systems that have been used to purge voter rolls in some states, implementing a voting method that allows voters to rank candidates rather than pick one and replacing the commission that oversees presidential debates with something that would be friendlier to third-party candidates.