Posted by: maboulette | December 3, 2016

Recount in Pennsylvania Had Been Stopped


The Green Party backed recount dropped a court case this evening that had been seeking a statewide recount of the presidential election.  Jill Stein had framed this recount as an effort to explore whether the voting machines or systems have been hacked making the results manipulated.


This decision came just 2 days before a court hearing was scheduled in the case.  Saturday’s filing with the court to withdraw the case as Green Party backed voters who filed this case “are regular citizens of ordinary means” and can’t afford the $1 million bond that was ordered by the court delivered by 5 pm Monday.  But the Green party-backed efforts to force recounts and analyze election software in scattered precincts were continuing.


Stein plans to make an announcement about the PA’s recount Monday outside the Trump Tower in New York, aides are saying.


This court case was all part of the effort started by Stein to force recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, 3 states with a Democrat history of voting for president but went for Trump this year by very slim margins.


A recount began Thursday in Wisconsin, while the recount starts next week in Michigan.  The Trump victory in Pennsylvania was especially stunning considering that the state’s fifth most electoral votes are keys to the White House, and no Republican president had won the state since 1988.


Stein said the reason for the Pennsylvania’s recount was to make certain “our votes are safe and secure,” considering that hackers’ probing of elections were targets in other states and hackers’ accessed the emails of the DNC Committee and several Clinton key staffers.  U.S. security officials have said that they do believe Russian hackers orchestrated the hacks of email which of course the Russians have denied.


Lawyers for Stein have offered no evidence of any hacking in Pennsylvania’s election.  They unsuccessfully sought in recent days to get various counties to allow a forensic examination of their system software.


The case was also threatening Pennsylvania’s ability to certify its electors by the Dec. 13 federal deadline, argued Republican lawyers.


Saturday GOP lawyer, Lawrence Tabas said that this case was “solely for purposes to delay the Electoral College vote in Pennsylvania for President-Elect Trump.”

The top election official in Pennsylvania, Secretary of State Pedro Cortes, a Democrat, has said there was no evidence of any sort of cyberattacks or irregularities in the election.  Any recount would change very few votes.


Friday, Trump’s margin of victory in Pennsylvania was 49,000 or less than 1 percent out of 6 million votes cast.  This is according to state election officials. Final counts were not finished in some counties, including heavily populated Allegheny County but both state and county officials do not expect any outstanding uncounted votes to change the outcome of this states presidential election.

Pennsylvania’s automatic statewide recount is trigger at 0.5 percent.  Stein drew less than 1 percent of the votes cast.


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