Chants of "count every vote" echoed through the Capitol Rotunda as Green Party members rallied Monday in support of Jill Stein's effort to force a Pennsylvania recount.
"Shame on you, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," said Pat LaMarche, of an appellate court's decision last week requiring petitioners to front a $1 million bond in order to move forward with the process.
Earlier in the day, attorneys for Stein filed a federal lawsuit in an attempt to secure a forensic audit of votes cast in November's presidential election that resulted in a narrow victory by President-elect Donald Trump against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Trump currently holds a 47,000-vote edge against Clinton, although the margin is not close enough to trigger an automatic recount. Stein drew less than 1 percent of the votes cast.
Recount supporters say an audit--which would involve a close examination of the machines themselves--is the only way to ensure hackers or faulty equipment didn't compromise the results.
The president-elect called Stein's attempted recount a "scam" in light of the $7 million Stein raised since she began the effort.
So far, Philadelphia's partial recount netted Clinton five additional votes, 4 from absentee ballots and one from a provisional ballot. Allegheny County's recount yielded the exact same result as from immediately after the election.
LaMarche, a Carlisle resident who served as the Green Party's 2004 vice presidential nominee, said the money raised was used to fund the intense legal battles that have played out at both the county and state level in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
"There's already a tremendous burden to get a recount done," she said, after the event on Monday. "Then to add to that $1 million--the person whose vote is being stolen isn't the Koch Brothers, people who can afford a million-dollar bond without blinking. It's the average person."
No one in the Green Party expects to make any money off his or her involvement, LaMarche said. Based on her own 2004 experience, she said, even the nominees run on a shoestring budget relying on the kindness of supporters who pick them up at the airport and put them up in their homes.
"I remember begging for a baloney sandwich because I'd had so much couscous I thought it was going to come out my eyes," she said, which a chuckle. "Everybody wants to give you an avocado."
The Stein campaign, LaMarche noted, has raised more to bolster the recount effort than it did for its candidate's original presidential bid.
According to federal campaign finance data, Stein raised about $3.5 million, about half of what has been raised for the recount.
"We don't have high-ticket campaigns with enormous debt that we need someone to pay for because we are grassroots," LaMarche said.
Supporters of the recount -- about two dozen gathered in the Rotunda on Monday -- point to the age and technical deficiencies of Pennsylvania's voting machines.
Across the state, many counties use electronic machines that are more than a decade old. Most do not create a paper trail of individual votes cast, so there won't be a ballot-by-ballot recount like the one carried out in Florida after the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.
Candice Hoke, a law and cybersecurity professor from Cleveland State University, said automatic audits are in the interest of both parties because it keeps everyone in check regardless of who's in power.
"If we do not audit our elections, we are basically putting up a sign that says, 'Hackers come play here. We don't check.'," she said.
The right to vote, Hoke said, doesn't end when a citizen leaves his or her polling place. It extends to ensuring that their vote is accurately counted.
Carl Romanelli, a Green Party official from Luzerne County, said elected officials should take the potential flaws in the state's voting system seriously, since those flaws are a threat to the foundation of democracy.
"I hope the governor and others are listening," he said. "It's great to praise all this citizen action but there are a lot of Pennsylvanians who put faith in their leaders who are elected. They are hired to do the job."
Regardless of the ultimate outcome of the recount effort, LaMarche said, she hopes the increased visibility will lead to reforms of the voting system and fewer hurdles for ordinary Pennsylvanians to mount a recount. For example, at least three voters need to petition for a recount in their precinct and, in most places, a presidential candidate has to back a recount effort.
LaMarche said any reform effort would be difficult given the way the dominance of the two-party system and the fundraising apparatus behind those two parties.
"The system is so broken the two major parties don't care because next time, it might break their way," she said.
This article was updated to include the Department of State's latest vote tallies. Donald Trump now holds a 47,000-vote lead against Hillary Clinton.