Recount Results So Far: Trump Adds to Victory in Wis. Counties

Vickie Mathis
December 11, 2016

The court ordered the MI election board to reject her recount petition.

Stein received only around one percent of the popular vote nationwide in the November elections.

Though the USA 6th Circuit Court of Appeals supported Goldsmith's earlier decision and said the activity should continue, the Michigan Court of Appeals on Tuesday required the recount stopped. Five or six more will start on the morning of the 6th and the other counties in the state will follow later in the week, provided Trump's lawyers do not win in their bid to halt the count, the same morning.

The board acted a day after the Michigan Court of Appeals ordered it to dismiss Green Party candidate Jill Stein's recount petition.

The ruling seals Republican Donald Trump's narrow electoral victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the state.

Meanwhile, Green Party-backed efforts to force recounts and analyze election software in scattered precincts were continuing. The Wisconsin Elections Commission reported Wednesday that 34 of 72 counties had completed their work and that the others are on track to finish by next week's deadline. A state spokeswoman said 15 provisional ballots remain uncounted.

The conflicting rulings had both sides claiming victory but left unclear on Tuesday evening where Stein's bid to recount the vote in MI stood.

A Green Party-backed recount almost completed in Wisconsin is being challenged in federal court there on Friday. She raised more than $6.5 million via an online fundraiser to pay for the recount.

The Trump campaign said that because Stein came in at such a low popularity during that election, she cannot be "aggrieved" by the outcome of this past election.

In Pennsylvania on Monday, Stein filed a suit in federal court to try to impose a statewide recount of presidential votes there.

A Friday federal court hearing is scheduled in a separate Green Party request.

The appeals court says it's not deciding the merits of the recount, only the timing and how it relates to voting rights under the U.S. Constitution. Stein has appealed the appeals court decision to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Judge Mark Goldsmith told lawyers Wednesday he would make a written decision.

If Stein's efforts fail decisively in any one of the three states, the chances for overturning Trump's victory disappear.

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya). Ballots are unloaded during a statewide presidential election recount in Waterford Township, Mich., Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. The board meets again Wednesday.

"Don't become the first federal court in the country to order a recount. for a candidate who lost by 2 million votes", argued attorney John Bursh, who is representing the Michigan Attorney General's Office.

The recounting was kickstarted because Stein thought the elections were swayed by "cyber hacking", according to Time Magazine. The federal judge tied his decision to a state court ruling that found Stein had no legal standing. He says stopping the recount would increase voter suspicion about election integrity.

In any case, the IRS needs to do an audit of Jill Stein after this nonsense is over, if only to send a message.

The recount was requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who concedes she can't win MI but has concerns about accuracy. The removals come two days after a federal judge ended the recount that began Monday.

Stein got about 1 percent of the vote in three states where shes pushed for recounts — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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