FAQ - RecountNow.org


Will a recount work?


A recount will help validate the true vote count of this election. Jill Stein, Presidential candidate for the Green Party, has announced that she will request a recount in key states. The recount will go forward if she raises the required funds by Friday, November 25, 2016. Donate to recount fees at https://jillstein.nationbuilder.com/recount

What is the difference between a recount and an audit?


A recount is a full recount, by hand wherever possible, of all ballots cast. Audits are not full recounts. An audit reviews a random sample of the ballots cast, theoretically providing confidence that voting equipment and procedures were functioning properly. Audit laws vary from state to state and are generally not strong enough to be relied upon to detect errors -- even errors grave enough to alter election results!

Does Jill Stein think she won the election?


No. Jill Stein is not embarking on the recount effort as a claim that she won the election, but because she understands the dangers of an election system where votes are tallied secretly inside computers. Many state election laws specify that only candidates can get recounts. Jill Stein has stepped forward as a representative of the people, seeking an accurate count of the election. 

Similarly, in the wake of the 2004 Presidential election fiasco in Ohio, Green Party candidate David Cobb and Libertarian Party candidate Michael Badnarik demanded a recount there.

What are the dates and deadlines?


The dates for requesting recounts:

Wisconsin: Friday, Nov. 25th (Trump’s winning margin stands at 0.7%.)

Pennsylvania: Monday, Nov. 28th (Trump’s winning margin stands at 1.2%)

Michigan: Wednesday, Nov 30th (Trump lead is currently just 0.3% - Michigan currently has not declared a winner)

The Electoral College:

On December 19th, the Electors meet in their states and vote for President and Vice President on separate ballots.

More details about the Electoral College


How can I help?


State recounts cost serious money. You can donate here or volunteer here. And you can also help us get the word out on this crucial, historic endeavor. Please use our social media buttons to share widely!


Why should I donate through RecountNow?


RecountNow is a new collaboration of leaders in the election integrity field. Most of us have been working on achieving transparency, security, and accountability in elections for over ten years. We have come together to support the recount efforts of Jill Stein, Rocky de la Fuente, and other candidates who may step forward to challenge elections where there is significant evidence indicating tampering or other serious problems have occurred. 

While RecountNow is new, our partner organization, AUDIT-AZ, has been around for 12 years, working for accurate, transparent and secure elections in Arizona. Donations made through RecountNow.org will be processed through AUDIT-AZ. We're working closely with them to get legal help for the recounts and coordinate the hundreds of monitors that will be needed to ensure the recounts are done properly. We'll also be working closely with Jill Stein, Rocky de la Fuente, and others who may initiate recount efforts.

If you wish to make a contribution toward legal expenses and monitoring expenses, or other costs of the recount, you can do that here.

Donations are not tax-deductible. Donations made through Dr. Stein's website are restricted by laws governing political parties and candidates. Donations made through RecountNow.org are unrestricted and will be used as needed for costs associated with the recounts, at the discretion of our Executive Committee.

Our Executive Committee has been chosen from among long-time leaders in the field of Election Integrity.

Why are volunteers needed? Won't election workers do the counting?


Election workers will do the counting. Volunteers are needed to monitor the counts, make sure procedures are followed and that any evidence of errors or malfeasance are followed up on. Election monitors are often able to catch errors being made and evidence being concealed. 

Can a candidate win after they've conceded?


Yes. Political concession speeches are merely offered as courtesies and carry no legal weight whatsoever.

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  • published this page in Resources 2016-11-23 16:11:46 -0800