WILKES BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein launched her efforts for a recount of Pennsylvania’s election ballots Monday, with an on-line video aimed directly at her supporters.
Stein, who’s raised roughly $6.3 million dollars, has already asked for a recount in Wisconsin and is expected to do the same in Michigan.
Monday, her supporters began the complicated recount process in the Commonwealth, which has some of the strictest recount laws in the nation.
Pennsylvania doesn’t allow candidates to simply ask for a recount, instead it requires a voter initiative effort requiring at least three voters in each of the state’s 9,163 precincts to file notarized applications for a recount. In some counties the deadline is 5pm today while in other’s it’s 5pm Tuesday.
Stein’s supporters in the state were expected to file a motion with the Commonwealth Court, asking for an extension of those deadlines in order to allow more time for the voter initiative effort to take root.
On her website, Stein walked her Pennsylvania supporters through the complicated process, and also said the effort would cost, initially $500,000 just for the filings. Legal fees and the cost of recount observers would likely cost several million.
There would have been an automatic recount of Pennsylvania’s ballots if Donald Trump’s victory in the Keystone state had been 0.5 percent or less. However, of the three states Stein is challenging, Trump’s margin of victory was widest in Pennsylvania where unofficial returns from the Pennsylvania secretary of state show he had a 70,368 lead or 1.17 percent.