US vote recount: Wisconsin jacks up cost

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Jill Stein: new vote recount obstacle in Wisconsin
Jill Stein: new vote recount obstacle in Wisconsin

A new hurdle has emerged for the campaign by Jill Stein and her Green Party to force a recount of votes in the US battleground states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Apart from Pennsylvania which has made the campaign not an easy matter, Wisconsin has suddenly increased the filing fee from $1.1 million to $3.5million.

Jill Stein, the mover of the campaign issued an SOS to donors late on Tuesday asking for more money to meet what she called the ‘new outrageous’ cost announced by Wisconsin.

Said Stein: “Friends, I have an important message for you. We need your help to stand up to the powerful forces trying to block our recount campaign for citizen democracy. We received word yesterday that the final estimate for the filing fee for the recount in Wisconsin is $3.5 million – an outrageous cost increase from the initial estimate of $1.1 million that was given to us by WI state elections officials based on the last statewide recount.

“But thanks to over 130,000 small donors like you, we have enough money in hand to pay this fee and move forward with the recount!

“But because of this exorbitant fee increase – bringing the total money required for recounts in all three states to $9.5 million – we need your help. We’re not there yet, and we need every last penny to reach the $9.5 million benchmark. We can’t let our voices be silenced by this obstruction to a citizen’s movement for a transparent and accountable vote.

“Your immediate support is crucial – Please donate now and share widely”.

So far, $6.5million had been collected from donors. It remains dicey whether the campaign will be able to meet the total costs as the filing fee of $600,000 for Michigan, is due today.

The campaign which has the backing of the Hillary Campaign Organisation and which US President elect Donald Trump has called a scam, ran into obstacles in Pennsylvania.

She met the filing deadline in Pennyslvania quite alright, but she needed
in addition 30,000 individual voters to submit an affidavit requesting the recount.

As she failed to meet this, recount call will now be decided by the court.

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