Jill Stein pens letter to Attorney General urging action to ensure election integrity

Friday, December 23, 2016 - 6:43pm

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s attorneys wrote a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into the country’s election process.

The letter follows recount efforts made by Stein in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. In Michigan, a lawsuit spearheaded by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette shut down the recount prior to completion.

The letter stated the Stein campaign’s request focuses on the use of voting machines, which a University of Michigan professor suggested may be prone to hacking. In the letter, her attorneys wrote the recount efforts exposed vulnerabilities in the voting machines, which should be looked into.

“The attempted recount process has uncovered that voting machines relied on in these states and across the country are prone to human and machine error,” the letter read. “Especially in under-resourced black and brown communities.”

The letter goes on to provide suggestions for courses of action with regard to assessing the vulnerability to tampering in lower income communities and communities of color, assuring sufficient check on the voting system’s integrity and how to move forward in preventing any interference in the future.

The letter coincides with an announcement by the Central Intelligence Agency in early December stating the organization's belief that Russia interfered with the election in favor of President-elect Donald Trump. Despite bipartisan support of a full investigation into the issue, Trump has noted his lack of belief in Russian interference.

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The letter specifically highlighted Michigan where at least 87 voting machines malfunctioned in Wayne County and issues arose concerning mishandling of poll books — suggesting any problems or openness to interference may have disproportionately affected minority and low-income communities.

“Michigan’s unusual election results also raise red flags regarding potential interference with election results,” the letter read. “Detroit, a city with heavy concentrations of minorities and low-income families, was effectively denied the opportunity to benefit from more reliable voting machines.”

Stein’s attorneys conclude the letter by pointing to the importance of ensuring the integrity of the election system across the country.

“Our representative democracy is founded on voting for our elected representatives,” the letter read. “It is both a paramount civic duty and a fundamental right. Americans need to be confident that our votes are counted accurately. We thank you in advance for your attention to this critical issue: Ensuring the integrity of our elections must be a nationwide priority.”