Jill Stein Drops Pennsylvania Recount Effort Over Expenses

Herman Weaver
Декабря 11, 2016

The Green Party is dropping its court case seeking a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's November 8 presidential election.

Stein has paid about $4.5 million for the recounts in Wisconsin and MI, so far. Two counties started by early afternoon and more will follow.

When putting all the results together, that means the first day of the recount narrowed the gap between Clinton and Trump by just a single vote.

Barring a court injunction, the hand recount of about 4.8 million MI ballots is likely to begin Wednesday, though it is possible it could get under way late on Tuesday, state Director of Elections Chris Thomas said Friday.

The Wisconsin recount began on Thursday, while a potential recount could begin in MI next week. "They can not afford to post the $1,000,000 bond required by the court", an attorney for the Stein campaign wrote in court papers, according to an email from spokesman Sam Scarrow.

Stein has also requested recounts in two other states Trump narrowly won, MI and Wisconsin.

Stein announced Pennsylvania's recount objective was to ensure "our votes are safe and secure".

But in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit, Stein says that delay is unreasonable and violates equal protection and due process rights guaranteed under the Constitution, "effectively denying the right to vote" if the recount is not completed in time to meet federal deadlines. All states must certify election results by December 13.

Abady said barriers to a recount in Pennsylvania are pervasive and the state court system is ill-equipped to address the problem.

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Stein asked for the recount in states where Trump defeated Clinton by fewer votes than Stein received.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein abruptly dropped her bid to seek a recount of the presidential election vote in Pennsylvania after a judge ordered her campaign to post a $1 million bond, a spokesman said on Saturday.

Yet, Jonnie Richards of Milwaukee says it doesn't hurt to double-check, when Republican Donald Trump won Wisconsin by just 22,000 votes.

The lawsuit and request for a temporary restraining order was filed late Thursday in federal court in Madison. The Wisconsin Republican Party filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission alleging the recount amounts to illegal coordination with Clinton.

Lansing attorney Gary Gordon, who is representing Trump, argued Stein is not an aggrieved candidate since she has little chance of personally benefiting from a shift in votes.

The Court of Appeals has given the Board of State Canvassers until noon Tuesday to respond to Schuette's suit. The news conference had a circus-like atmosphere, as some of President-elect Donald Trump's supporters heckled Stein.

Lawyers for the Trump campaign argue that Green Party candidate Jill Stein can't seek the recount in MI because she wasn't "aggrieved" to the point where potential miscounting of votes could have cost her the election. "If there was a mistake, we corrected the mistakes for the voter and therefore I know the procedure that we went through to make the votes count", Sujecki says. The count is underway in Wisconsin. In Nevada, a partial recount of the race was requested by independent presidential candidate Roque De La Fuente.

A federal judge late Sunday night in Detroit ordered a statewide hand recount of roughly 4.8 million ballots, which started in some counties Monday afternoon. The move increases the chances that the state could complete the count ahead of a December 13 deadline.

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