It appears Jill Stein’s recount efforts have finally unraveled, as moments ago a Pennsylvania judge rejected her appeal for a recount of the state’s ballots, only a day before the federal deadline of December 13th.
Stein has thus far raised over $7.2 million for her recount efforts in the states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania claiming that although she had no evidence of hacking or voter tampering, the only way to find that evidence was to perform a costly and time consuming recount in each battleground state, but only states that Donald Trump happened to win unexpectedly.
On December 5th, Jill Stein filed a federal lawsuit in Pennsylvania, appealing an earlier decision by the state courts that denied her recount request. Stein claimed that the $1 million dollar price tag for appealing the decision by Pennsylvania’s state court was “too steep for citizens of ordinary means”, and took her case to the federal court instead. Oddly enough, Stein didn’t have any problem collecting millions of dollars from “citizens of ordinary means” and get disillusioned Clinton voter’s hopes up for a lost cause.
Now, it’s being reported that Pennsylvania federal court has also shot down her request for a statewide recount, effectively ending an already dead end effort.
Dec 12 – A U.S. judge in Pennsylvania on Monday rejected Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s request for a recount of the state’s ballots in last month’s presidential election and an examination of voting machines for evidence of hacking.
The decision came on the same day that Wisconsin election officials expect to complete their state’s recount, although the results will not change the outcome.
Stein, who finished fourth in the election behind President-elect Donald Trump, had challenged the results in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. All of those traditionally Democratic strongholds supported Trump, a Republican, in the Nov. 8 vote.
The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday denied Stein’s last-ditch appeal to secure a recount there.
Even if all three recounts had taken place, it was considered highly unlikely that they would flip the overall result from Trump to Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.
Stein had argued that Pennsylvania’s use of electronic voting machines with no paper trail in some districts left the system vulnerable to hacking.
In a 31-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond in Philadelphia said there was no evidence suggesting hacking had occurred. He also emphasized that the deadline to certify the state’s electoral votes is Tuesday, making it impossible to hold a recount in time.
Diamond said “suspicion of a ‘hacked’ Pennsylvania election borders on the irrational.”
Stein could appeal the court’s decision. Her campaign did not immediately comment.
While there is no evidence of large-scale voting machine hacking, U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia targeted Clinton in a series of cyberattacks on Democratic Party groups. Trump has questioned those reports.
U.S. presidential elections are determined not by the overall national popular vote but by the Electoral College, which awards votes based on the outcome in each state.
Trump, who won a projected 306 Electoral College votes to Clinton’s 232, is set to take office on Jan. 20. Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.6 million ballots nationwide, according to the latest count.
Stein did not win any electoral college votes.
As of Monday morning, the Wisconsin recount was 95 percent complete and showed Trump with a increase of 628 votes, Clinton with an increase of 653 votes and Stein with an increase of 68 votes.
Trump won Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan by more than 27,000, 68,000 and 11,000 votes, respectively.
I can’t help but wonder, what will happen to any money left over from the $7.2 million that Jill Stein has already raised, since the only state that she managed to perform a recount in was Wisconsin?
We will have to wait and see if the beach house that Stein decides to buy with this extra earnings will be as nice as the one Bernie Sander’s purchased after his campaign ended.