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The Recount: What You Need to Know

Below are a few common questions that voters have about Jill Stein’s recount effort – see:


Why are you really doing this?

Despite the many rumors swirling on the Internet, Jill Stein genuinely believes in the power of grassroots democracy. Independently funded candidates like Jill Stein cannot stand a chance if our electoral system is rigged in favor of establishment, corporate-funded candidates. The evidence so far shows it is easy to hack many voting machines being used in elections.

In Michigan, 87,810 voters cast a ballot, but did not cast a vote for president. That compares to 49,840 no-votes for president in 2012. The high number begs investigation.

The DRE voting machines used in Wisconsin were banned in California after discovering their vulnerability to hacking and malicious programming because of inadequate security features.

Aside from conducting a recount, we advocate Ranked Choice Voting and federal campaign financing, just a few solutions put forth by the Green Party in its six-point plan for grassroots democracy. The Green Party Platform calls for “publicly-owned, open source voting equipment and deploy it across the nation to ensure high national standards, performance, transparency and accountability; use verifiable paper ballots; and institute mandatory automatic random precinct recounts to ensure a high level of accuracy in election results.”

This is the first-ever attempt to demand recounts in multiple states following a presidential election.

How are donations used?

The money raised for Recount 2016 can only be used for recount purposes. That money sits inside of a separate account created just for the recount initiative. It cannot mingle with the Stein/Baraka campaign’s general funds, per the Federal Election Commission’s rules. Because the state of Wisconsin increased the amount needed to file for a recount, it is unlikely money will be left over after all recounts.

How will you use surplus funds?

If we raise more than what’s needed, the surplus will also go toward election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform.

Why do recounts matter?

Well, here’s the impact of the 2004 recount:

The 2004 Green Party presidential campaign of David Cobb and Pat LaMarche led investigations and demanded recounts in Ohio and New Mexico in the wake of widespread complaints about disqualification and obstruction of legitimate voters. The complaints came mostly from majority-black precincts and college campuses, and included allegations of tampering with computer voting machines on Election Day.

Democrats, led by nominee John Kerry, were silent in response to these complaints. A notable exception was U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), who held hearings on the Ohio election theft and published “What Went Wrong in Ohio.” A few local Democrats in Ohio spoke up, but the Green Party ultimately led the charge. Cobb was joined by Libertarian nominee Michael Badnarik, although Greens did most of the recount work. Greens raised the money to file the initial recount and litigated all the issues in court. Democrats and the major media have swept most of this under the rug—especially the role of the Green Party. Greens stood up for clean elections in 2004 and exposed GOP irregularities, while Democrats (who should have learned something from 2000) looked the other way.

Here are additional concrete, tangible results of the 2004 recount efforts:

  1. The investigation uncovered evidence that led to the conviction of two Republican operatives in Cuyahoga County, greater caution in many states regarding computer voting and the decision in some states not to use Diebold machines in future elections.
  2. It helped to accelerate the growth of the “Election Integrity” movement, which is largely responsible for the halt of the proliferation of Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) machines (which is renowned for “Black Box Voting”).
  3. The recount helped to provoke a “top to bottom” review of the California voting systems by then-Secretary of State Debra Bowen. This led to DREs being outlawed in that state.
  4. New Mexico Green Rick Lass helped organize a citizens’ lobbying effort that culminated in that state revamping its voting system: They eliminated all DREs and went to a full paper-ballot system. They instituted mandatory audits. They instituted state-funded recounts in any state races where the reported margin of victory is 0.5% or less.
  5. A group of citizens from Minnesota participated as election observers in the Ohio recount, and were so appalled by their experience that they created Citizens for Election Integrity, a nonpartisan organization advocating for verifiable, transparent and accurate elections across the country. Their searchable database of recount/audit laws is the premiere source of information for anyone attempting to understand this complicated legal landscape.

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Solano Greens Endorsements for the November 8th Election

Federal Offices
Jill Stein

State Offices
State Senate, District 3
Mariko Yamada

County Offices
Solano County Supervisor, 2nd Supervisorial District
Dual endorsement: Monica Brown and Mike Ioakimedes

Local Races and Measures
City of Benicia
Elizabeth Patterson
City Council
Steve Young

City of Fairfield
Measure P – City of Fairfield Extending Transactions and Use Tax – No

City of Vacaville
City Council
Alfonso Almendariz

City of Vallejo
Bob Sampayan

City Council
Robert H. McConnell
Guillermina “Mina” Diaz
Liat F. Meitzenheimer

Vallejo Unified School Board
Marianne Kearney-Brown
Ruscal Cayangyang

State Propositions

(for analysis by the Green Party of Alameda County, see their voter guide PDF)

51 – School Bonds, K-12 and Community College; Limits Developer Fees — No
52 – State Fees on Hospitals, Federal Medi-Cal Matching Funds — Yes, with reservations
53 – Revenue Bonds Requiring Statewide Voter Approval — No
54 – Legislature and Legislation, Allows Time to Read Bills — Yes, with reservations
55 – Tax Extension on the Rich, for Education and Healthcare — Yes
56 – Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research — Yes
57 – Sentencing for Non-violent Crimes and Juvenile Criminal Proceedings — Yes
58 – Allows Bilingual Education — Yes
59 – Campaign Finance, Repeal ‘Citizens United’– Yes
60 – Adult Films, Condoms — No position
61 – State Prescription Drug Purchases, Pricing Standards — Yes
62 – End the Death Penalty – Yes, Yes, Yes!
63 – Firearms, Ammunition Sales – No position
64 – Marijuana Legalization — Yes
65 – Carry-Out Bags Measure from the Plastics Industry — No
66 – Speed Up the Death Penalty – No, No, No!
67 – Uphold the Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags — Yes

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Cornel West: Why I Endorse Green Party’s Jill Stein Over “Neoliberal Disaster” Hillary Clinton

To find out more about Jill, see:
Jill Stein for President
See also:
Jill Stein Picks Long-Time CounterPuncher Ajamu Baraka as Her VP Running Mate

AMY GOODMAN: What made you decide to support the Green Party presidential candidate as opposed to Hillary Clinton?

CORNEL WEST: Well, I’ve never been tied to one party or one candidate or even one institution. And that’s true even with one church as a Christian. I’m committed to truth and justice. And Brother Bernie, no doubt, was the standard-bearer for truth and justice during the primary at a national level, at a highly visible level. Once he endorsed Hillary Clinton, who, for me, is a neoliberal disaster, it was clear—

AMY GOODMAN: What do mean by that?

CORNEL WEST: A neoliberal disaster is one who generates a mass incarceration regime, who deregulates banks and markets, who promotes chaos of regime change in Libya, supports military coups in Honduras, undermines some of the magnificent efforts in Haiti of working people, and so forth. That’s the record of Hillary Clinton. So there was no way—when my dear brother, who I love very deeply, Bernie Sanders said she will make an outstanding president, I said, “Oh, I disagree with my brother. I think she’ll—I don’t think she’ll make an outstanding president at all.” She’s a militarist. She’s a hawk. She could take us into war with Russia. She could take us into war with Iran. So, I mean, I think she’s—she’s dangerous in terms of her neoliberal ideology—not as a woman, because I’m supporting, of course, my dear sister Jill Stein.

I think after a magnificent campaign of Bernie Sanders, the next step is a green step. The next step is a progressive step. And when you’re calling for reparations, you’re calling for the release of prisoners who have been historically unfairly treated, especially tied to nonviolent crimes, and then saying they should vote and that vote should never be taken away, when you’re calling—putting people and planet and peace before profits, Sister Jill Stein, for me, is somebody that’s worth fighting for. And she’s not a spoiler. You know, a lot of people use that term “spoiler.” If Hillary Clinton can’t make the case to progressives, she doesn’t deserve our vote.

Now, Trump is a neofascist in the making. There’s no doubt about that.

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Cayangyang seeks to continue work on Vallejo school board

Ruscal2016By John Glidden, Vallejo Times-Herald – source
POSTED: 06/09/16, 5:33 PM PDT |

Ruscal Cayangyang wants to continue serving on the Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education.

The incumbent trustee announced Wednesday that he is seeking to fill a short two-year term this November. Cayangyang, who currently serves as vice president, was appointed to the board in January 2015.

Elected in November 2014, Vallejo resident Richard Porter declined to be seated for the position. The board then selected Cayangyang, who came in fourth place during that election.

Cayangyang said he intends to hold the district more accountable on the implementation of School Safety Plans after the Vallejo school board passed the plans in December 2015, according to a campaign news release.

Serving on the board’s Governance Committee, Cayangyang said progress is being made on a board governance handbook. “This handbook will help set up badly needed school board protocols, policies, and structures,” he said in the same release. “This will serve to hold the board more accountable, transparent, and effective with a focus on students.”

Cayangyang said that he has worked with his fellow trustee Burky Worel, “to advocate for a joint meeting between the Vallejo City Council and the board in order to facilitate and allow for both entities to govern more effectively and tackle overwhelming critical issues plaguing the district.”

He also said the board needs to address violence and bullying on Vallejo’s school campuses.

“It is imperative to ensure that all students, teachers and staff feel safe,” Cayangyang said.

“One of my principles is the belief in grassroots democracy. Every single human being deserves a say in the decisions that will affect their life and they should not be subject to the will of another,” he said. “Our current Vallejo election system both at the school board level and at the city council level, allows candidates to be bought off by big money and special interest factions.

“As a leader, I will not be bought off and I will certainly not be bullied,” he added.

Cayangyang first ran for the board in 2009, placing fifth out of six candidates.

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Solano Greens Endorsements for the June 7th Primary Election


Federal Offices

U.S. President
Joint endorsement:
Five Green Party candidates & one Democrat

U.S. Senate
Joint endorsement:

U.S. House of Representatives, District 3

  • No endorsement for US House of Representatives, District 3

U.S. House of Representatives, District 5

State Offices

State Senate, District 3

State Assembly, District 4

State Assembly, District 11

  • No endorsement for State Assembly, District 11

State Assembly, District 14

  • No endorsement for State Assembly, District 14

County Offices

Solano County Supervisor, 1st Supervisorial District

  • No endorsement for Supervisor, 1st Supervisorial District

Solano County Supervisor, 2nd Supervisorial District

Solano County Supervisor, 5th Supervisorial District

Local Races and Measures

Measure AA
A $12 per year parcel tax with revenue earmarked for the restoration of wetlands surrounding the San Francisco Bay

  • Yes, with reservations – This is a regressive parcel tax, but it is a critical measure in terms of protection of the bay and addressing issues with the bay as a regional issue, rather than separate jurisdictions.

Measures G&H
A one-half percent sales tax for general governmental purposes (roads, etc., but not binding)

  • Yes

Measure J
Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Bond Proposal –

  • Yes


Proposition 50 — Withholding of Suspended Legislator’s Salary

  • No endorsement

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Solano Greens Endorsement Meeting (Sat 5/21,10:30 am, Vallejo)

2015-03-13-02.12.53Please join us on Saturday May 21st at Java Jax in Vallejo to discuss and decide on endorsements for the 2016 California Primary (June 7th).

WHAT: Solano Greens Endorsement Meeting
WHEN: Saturday, May 21st, 10:30 an – 12:00 pm
WHERE: Java Jax , 1700 Sonoma Blvd, Vallejo, CA

In the spirit of inclusion and forming and maintaining progressive alliances, Solano Greens have no policy against endorsing non-Green Party candidates. Greens broadly support candidates who advocate progressive values, particularly those who take no corporate, PAC or SuperPAC donations. In the current 2016 election, a particular spotlight is on anti-corruption measures, given the many instances of transparent corruption occurring in our elections and by ‘elected’ officials at all levels.

Please note that while all Solano Greens are invited to attend and participate, only Solano County Council members can vote on proposals to endorse.

Attendees may consider reviewing the Alameda County Green Party Voter Guide for information on statewide races and candidates from a Green perspective.  The Voter Guide is put together by a large team of Greens, both inside the outside of Alameda County, doing in-depth research on candidates, measures and propositions.