December 23, 2016
Jill Stein, the former Green Party presidential candidate, is calling on the Department of Justice to investigate the nation's electoral system.
Stein's attorneys sent a formal letter Friday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch to look into the "integrity" of the process and the nation's voting machines, citing "grave concerns" found during her recount efforts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Stein fears that human error, tampering and cyber attacks have impacted the Nov. 8 election results, according to the letter.
The letter references specific incidents across the three states and said that in Pennsylvania, many who wanted to vote through an absentee ballot never got them in time to cast their vote.
It also says that the election system is "inadequate" because of a lack of a paper trail. In Pennsylvania, 85 percent of voters cast ballots on a machine with no paper evidence to follow up on, the letter said.
"Our representative democracy is founded on voting for our elected representatives," the letter to Lynch read. "It is both a paramount civic duty and a fundamental right. Americans need to be confident that our votes are counted accurately."
U.S. District Judge Paul Diamon rejected Stein's request to recount paper ballots in Pennsylvania on Dec. 12.
"Most importantly, there is no credible evidence that any 'hack' occurred, and compelling evidence that Pennsylvania's voting system was not in any way compromised," Diamond wrote in his 31-page decision.
Read the full letter to Lynch here.