Greens drop law­suit to force re­count in Pa.

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

har­ris­burg, pa.» Green Party-backed vot­ers dropped a court case Satur­day night that had sought to force a statewide re­count of Penn­syl­va­nia’s Nov. 8 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, won by Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump, in what Green Party pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Jill Stein had framed as an ef­fort to ex­plore whether vot­ing ma­chines and sys­tems had been hacked and the elec­tion re­sult ma­nip­u­lated.

The de­ci­sion came two days be­fore a court hear­ing was sched­uled in the case. Satur­day’s court fil­ing to with­draw the case said the Green Party-backed vot­ers who filed the case “are reg­u­lar cit­i­zens of or­di­nary means” and can­not af­ford the $1 mil­lion bond or­dered by the court by 5 p.m. Mon­day. How­ever, Green Par­ty­backed ef­forts to force re­counts and an­a­lyze elec­tion soft­ware in scat­tered precincts were con­tin­u­ing. Stein planned to make an an­nounce­ment about the re­count Mon­day out­side the Trump Tower.

The court case had been part of an ef­fort spear­headed by Stein to force re­counts in Michi­gan, Penn­syl­va­nia and Wis­con­sin, three states with a his­tory of back­ing Democrats for pres­i­dent that were nar­rowly and un­ex­pect­edly won by Trump over Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton.

A re­count be­gan Thurs­day in Wis­con­sin, while a re­count could be­gin next week in Michi­gan. Trump’s vic­tory in Penn­syl­va­nia was par­tic­u­larly stun­ning: The state’s fifth-most elec­toral votes are a key step­ping­stone to the White House, and no Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date had cap­tured the state since 1988.

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