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Jill Stein Drops Recount Effort in Pennsylvania; Slams Judge's 'Outrageous Demand'

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By    |   Saturday, 03 Dec 2016 07:05 PM

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein dropped her recount bid in Pennsylvania Saturday after a state court judge required her campaign to post a $1 million bond to continue its challenge, according to court documents.

"Petitioners are regular citizens of ordinary means," an attorney for Stein's campaign wrote in papers filed in Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg, Philly.com reports. "They cannot afford to post the $1,000,000 bond required by the court."

The bond was ordered to be posted by Monday at 5 p.m., according to the report. Stein is expected to announce her decision on Monday outside Trump Tower in New York.


"The judge's outrageous demand that voters pay such an exorbitant figure is a shameful, unacceptable barrier to democratic participation," Stein said Saturday in a statement. "This is yet another sign that Pennsylvania's antiquated election law is stacked against voters."

Stein's move came within a week after filing the recount petition in Commonwealth Court, alleging that the Nov. 8 election was "illegal" and that the results were inaccurate.

The candidate cited research from computer scientists that suggested possible irregularities with electronic voting machines — and had alleged the same circumstances in demanding recounts in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Republican President-elect Donald Trump had narrowly defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in those states.

Trump and the Pennsylvania GOP had opposed the Keystone State recount. The president-elect also sued to block the other recount efforts.

"The filing of a discontinuance of the Election Contest by Jill Stein’s petitioners tonight is a recognition that their Election Contest was completely without merit, and meant solely for purposes to delay the Electoral College vote in Pennsylvania for President-Elect Trump," the Pennsylvania Republican Party said Saturday.

"Candidate Jill Stein’s allegations created the false allusion that some unidentified foreign government hacked our state’s voting systems when absolutely no such proof existed," the GOP said.

"We believe that she always knew that she had no such proof."

An updated count Friday by Pennsylvania election officials showed Trump’s lead shrinking to 49,000 from 71,000 over Clinton.

Trump’s lead is 0.8 percent, down from over 1 percent, out of 6 million votes cast. That was shy of Pennsylvania’s 0.5 percent trigger for an automatic statewide recount.

Stein has raised more than $6.9 million for the recounts, which were supported by Clinton's campaign. She was seeking to raise as much as $9.5 million.

The Wisconsin recount began Thursday. Stein had sued for a hand recount, but a state judge rejected the request.

In addition, a federal judge there on Friday denied Trump's request for an emergency halt to the recount, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

A full hearing on Trump's petition is set for next week.

In Michigan, Stein sued Friday in federal court in Detroit to get the recount started immediately instead of next week, MichiganLive.com reports.

Trump defeated Clinton by 10,704 votes out of nearly 4.8 million ballots cast in the state.

Michigan Republicans had said that the recount would cost taxpayers far more than the $973,000 Stein had to pay when filing her recount petition.

Stein had come under intense attack over her recount efforts — conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh charged that she was a "front" for Clinton — leading her to deny accusations that liberal billionaire George Soros was bankrolling her challenges.

"Our donors will all be disclosed," Stein told Fox News on Tuesday. "All of the 140,000 of them last I checked.

"The average donation is $45.

"Wherever the voters are coming from, these are regular people throwing in small donations so that we can have a government that is about us everyday people," Stein said. "There is not some giant thunder here."

In an editorial this week, the Journal Sentinel slammed Stein's Wisconsin effort as a "vanity project."

"A lot of that money probably is coming from disappointed Clinton supporters still infected by the magical thinking that somehow the election of Trump can be overturned," the newspaper said.

"The supporters of both candidates would be far better off giving their money to a worthy charity.

"And Stein’s supporters should reflect on what might have been if more of them had not wasted their votes in three Upper Midwestern states on a candidate who had no chance of winning."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The Green Party is dropping its court case seeking a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election. It had wanted to explore whether voting machines and systems had been hacked and the election result manipulated.The decision came Saturday, two days...
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