Pennsylvania fights Green Party recount bid in federal court

Election workers recount votes on Flint ballots as they begin the process of a statewide recount on Wednesday Dec. 7 2016 at Genesee County Administration Building in Flint Mich

Pennsylvania fights Green Party recount bid in federal court

Clinton needed all three states to flip in order to take enough electoral votes to win the election.

The court ordered the MI election board to reject her recount petition. "And in many ways, the effort, the extraordinary efforts, on the part of the cronies of Donald Trump - his PAC, the Republican Party, the Attorney General - there was an all-out mobilization here to block the right of citizens to have a vote that we can have confidence in". Trump won the election narrowly. The original tally showed Trump leading by more than 22,000 votes out of almost 3 million votes cast.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein requested the recount to determine if election machines were hacked. As of Wednesday, Stein has raised over $7.2 million towards recount efforts. The board plans to meet after Goldsmith makes a decision.

Late Wednesday, a federal judge in MI stopped a recount of the state's presidential ballots just three days after it started on the grounds it is unnecessary.

"This is a victory for the taxpayers and voters of MI who can be assured that their vote will count when the state's electors meet on December 19th".

Trump won Wisconsin by more than 22,000 votes.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

A federal judge in Detroit has called a hearing for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to consider whether Michigan's presidential recount should continue after an unfavorable ruling by a state appeals court.

Stein can file an appeal of the latest ruling with the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Michigan's recount of presidential votes is over after a judge lifted an order that forced a statewide review of millions of ballots.

A partial recount is underway in Nevada at the request of De La Fuente, who finished last with a fraction of 1 percent of the vote. "The courts have affirmed the stance the campaign has maintained from day one: Jill Stein, who received only 1.07% of the vote in MI, is not legally entitled to hijack the will of voters and drag them into an arduous and expensive publicity stunt".

But Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Stein's low vote totals made her ineligible to request a recount since she had no chance of winning one and did not fit the state's definition of an "aggrieved" party.

Stein lawyer Mark Brewer says the ruling wasn't given immediate effect, so the board is "under no mandate to do anything".

Trump has 306 electoral votes to Clinton's 232; 270 are needed to win. She got one percent of the state vote and presented no evidence of fraud.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein requested the recount of the almost 3 million ballots cast.

Clerk Cassandra Suettinger said McFarland's ballots were recounted Monday.

"The thing about hacking and tampering is that it is invisible unless you actually count the ballots and examine them", Stein said.

Now, with only a fraction of the recount completed, Michigan's Secretary of State is prepared to refund a portion of that amount, said Fred Woodhams, spokesman for Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. Suettinger said there were very minimal changes from the election night count. Several counties did, including the largest, Wayne County, where Detroit is located.

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