The Latest on the Pennsylvania Vote Recount Effort

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Jill Stein photo by Gage Skidmore (license)

Update, 1:40 p.m.: According to Jill Stein’s campaign, by Monday afternoon recount requests were filed in more than 100 districts.

“After a presidential election tarnished by the use of outdated and unreliable machines and accusations of irregularities and hacks, people of all political persuasions are asking if our election results are reliable,” Stein said in a statement. “We must recount the votes so we can build trust in our election system.”

Stein also said Monday she’d filed a legal petition with more than 100 voters seeing a recount in the state.

Earlier: Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein says she expects vote challenges to be filed today in Pennsylvania, the last day to request a recount of the state’s 2016 presidential election results.

Stein, who rallied with Cornel West under I-95 in South Philadelphia during the DNC, has raised $6.2 million for recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. The effort began after computer experts said they had found evidence that vote counts in those three states may have been manipulated or hacked.

But the process is complicated — at least in Pennsylvania. Stein can’t file for a recount for herself; instead, three voters from each voting district must request one. Per Billy Penn, Stein would need about 30,000 volunteers for this effort — and in some counties, the recount filing deadline has passed already. Stein could also file a lawsuit, but would need evidence that election fraud was “probable.” A lawsuit, then, seems like the likeliest avenue to force an audit of election results. But it seems unlikely to succeed barring evidence of fraud emerging. Read more »

People Urging a Vote Recount in Pa. “In Denial,” Says Local Election Attorney

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Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Computer scientists and election lawyers are asking the Hillary Clinton campaign to recount election votes in three states, including Pennsylvania, New York Magazine reported last night.

The internet has erupted since then. Here’s why.

The group reportedly includes John Bonifaz, an attorney specializing in Constitutional law and voting rights, and J. Alex Halderman, director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society. Until the article, they said little to reporters but had allegedly been in communication with the Clinton campaign, including chairman John Podesta and campaign general counsel Marc Elias, a source told New York Magazine.

They’re arguing that evidence makes a case for possible hacking or manipulation of poll results in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, particularly regarding electronic-voting machines, according to the magazine. In Wisconsin, Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in counties that used electronic-voting machines compared to those that utilized paper ballots or optical scanners. That could have costed Clinton as many as 30,000 votes, based on statistical analysis, and she lost Wisconsin by 27,000, according to the magazine.

This discrepancy warrants an independent review of the election, the group argues, though they have not found specific proof of manipulation or hacking. Read more »

To Resist Trump, Fix Philly’s Elite, Boring, Anti-Competitive Democratic Party

Bob Brady, Leslie Acosta and Chaka Fattah.

Bob Brady, Leslie Acosta and Chaka Fattah. Photos Jeff Fusco, Pa. House, Matt Rourke via AP

Philadelphia’s Democratic Party suffers from the same cancer as the national Democratic Party. Only it’s arguably much more advanced.

Think the Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders behind closed doors? In Philadelphia, the Democratic City Committee paves the way for its preferred candidates out in the open, without any shame: Before the mayoral primary even started, Philly Democratic Party boss Bob Brady publicly threw his weight behind state Sen. Tony Williams. The party puts its thumb on the scales in Democratic primaries for the judiciary, City Council and General Assembly, too, and its endorsements matter even more in these races because so few people pay close attention to them.

Think the national Democratic Party turns a blind eye to corruption? Earlier this year, the Democratic City Committee endorsed Chaka Fattah for Congress after he was charged with using taxpayer dollars and charitable donations to pay back an illegal loan. How could the party do this, as its schools were starving and its constituents were sinking deeper and deeper into poverty? Oh, but it gets worse: This month, Philly Democratic state Rep. Leslie Acosta was reelected after pleading guilty to conspiring to commit money laundering at a mental health clinic in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city. Imagine how selfish you have to be to run for office after admitting to bilking the most vulnerable among us — and imagine how little she’ll be able to get done for her constituents, many of whom are Latinos and immigrants, now that she’s the laughingstock of Harrisburg. The list goes on and on. Over the summer, the FBI raided the offices of Democratic Councilman Bobby Henon and subpoenaed Mayor Jim Kenney’s campaign finance records. The feds are also reportedly investigating Democratic District Attorney Seth Williams.

Think the national Democrats are boring and not liberal enough? Let me introduce you to Katie McGinty, the uncharismatic Senate candidate who lost to Pat Toomey in an election that Democrats desperately needed to win in case of a Donald Trump upset. A lot has been made of the fact that McGinty, a moderate who supports fracking and is wishy-washy on sanctuary cities, received millions of dollars from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the primary. What has gotten much less attention is the fact that she was just as much a product of the Philadelphia Democratic Party as the DSCC. Everyone from Brady to former Gov. Ed Rendell to former Mayor Michael Nutter to numerous City Council members backed her in the primary over Democrats John Fetterman and Joe Sestak, two anti-establishment figures who might have fared better in a year in which people were clearly crying out for change. Read more »

Yes, the Electoral College Can Put Hillary Clinton in the White House

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The Change.org petition calling on the Electoral College to send Hillary Clinton (who won the popular vote) to the White House instead of Donald Trump (who bested her by electoral count) is up to a not-unimpressive 4.3 million signatures. But is it even possible? For the answer to this, we turned to University of Pennsylvania constitutional law scholar Kermit Roosevelt III, the great-great-grandson of Teddy Roosevelt. Read more »

After Trump’s Win, White Liberals Are Now a Minority

Donald Trump at a rally

Donald Trump speaks at the Newtown Athletic Club in Bucks County on October 21st | Photo: Dan McQuade

Around 2:40 a.m. on election night, I left the watch party I’d been attending and took an Uber home. It was shortly after the Associated Press announced that then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had won Pennsylvania. I was over it — it actually began to sink in that he was actually going to win.

During the ride, my driver — a young white guy with teary eyes — turned up KYW Radio in the car as broadcasters finally confirmed that Trump had won the election. I was slowly moved to tears myself. The horrific bigotry that spewed from his lips, his lack of political experience, and endorsement from the Ku Klux Klan hadn’t been enough to stop him from defeating one of the most qualified candidates of my lifetime.

But as my driver turned on Walnut Street and upped the volume on the radio, I began to realize his tears weren’t the same as mine. As we heard the Trump supporters on air chanting “USA, USA, USA,” I saw that he had a calming sense of relief. He was crying tears of joy, whispering to himself: “It’s about damn time.” Read more »

Trump Wins the Presidency

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Donald Trump has been elected the next president of the United States of America.

No, this isn’t a prank, or the beginning of an Onion article that you clicked on by mistake. The businessman-turned-TV star-turned Republican presidential candidate, who vowed to “Make America Great Again” while further dividing the country along racial and ethnic lines, pulled out a jaw-dropping upset victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton that pundits will likely puzzle over for decades to come.

Clinton conceded shortly before 3 a.m., after Wisconsin was called for Trump. Read more »

The G Philly LGBTQ Voting Guide for 2016

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Election Day is finally here! We hope you stay informed and exercise your right to vote.

Resources for LGBTQ Voters on Election Day

Voter Guides

Lists of Endorsements

Gayborhood Watch Party

LGBT Community Election Results Watch Party: 7 p.m. at John C. Anderson Apartments, 251 South 13th Street.

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