Now that the dust has settled from the Jill Stein recount fiasco, it appears Stein will receive a two million dollar refund, which the former presidential candidate says will be used to fund a new voter integrity program.
Former Green Party candidate Jill Stein is most notable for pushing election vote recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan in 2016. The effort was only successful in Wisconsin, however, and that recount wound up netting President-elect Donald Trump an extra 131 votes.
Federal courts in Pennsylvania and Michigan halted Stein’s attempted recounts in those two states.
According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, “Wisconsin had initially estimated the recount effort would cost $3.5 million but the final cost was $1.8 million. With the remaining two counties, the total costs could hit $2 million. Stein would be reimbursed the remaining $1.5 million.”
Stein will also receive a refund from Michigan. Stein had paid in full for recounts in Michigan’s 7,786 precincts at a rate of $125 per precinct.
According to a Michigan Department of State spokesperson, “Recounts were completed in 3,050 of the state’s 7,786 precincts before being stopped by the courts. Stein will receive a refund for the remaining 4,736 precincts totaling $592,000.”
At a Madison, Wisconsin rally on Tuesday, Stein attacked the state’s recount and said that the remaining money would go toward launching a group called “Count My Vote.”
Stein said, “When we asked for a full recount, we only got a hand recount in about half of the precincts for about half of the voters. So, essentially what we got was half a recount.”
Stein added, “We also want to include in this ensuring we have a right to vote and that we put an end to voter ID laws to this interstate cross-check that has taken millions of voters potentially off rolls, also ranked choice voting.”
According to The Washington Free Beacon, “Stein raised a total of $7.3 million on the failed recount efforts and spent nearly $1 million of the funds on consultants, staff, and administrative expenses.”
President-elect Donald Trump had previously called Stein’s efforts a “scam.”
So did Jill Stein refund those ppl from the state that turned down the recount money?
— Zaria. (@ZariaVonMars) December 30, 2016
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