Green Party Candidate Drops Pennsylvanian Presidential Recount Bid

Green Party Candidate Drops Pennsylvanian Presidential Recount Bid
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The Green Party candidate Jill Stein dropped her Pennsylvania recount suit on Saturday, ending its bid to have the state explore whether voting machines and systems had been tampered with and the election result manipulated.

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“Petitioners are regular citizens of ordinary means. They cannot afford to post the $1,000,000 bond required by the court,” an attorney for the Stein campaign wrote in court papers, according to an email from spokesman Sam Scarrow.

“How odd is it that we must jump through bureaucratic hoops and raise millions of dollars so we can trust our election results?” Stein said on Twitter.

The campaign of Republican President-elect Donald Trump had requested a $10 million bond, court papers showed.

Stein, who garnered only about 1 percent of the vote, has also sought recounts in Michigan and Wisconsin, saying that she wants to ensure the integrity of the U.S. voting system.

Stein has spearheaded recount campaigns in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states where Republican Donald Trump won narrowly over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Pennsylvania’s Republican party has opposed the recount, as have Trump’s allies in Michigan and Wisconsin.

Trump, who beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 election, has called the recount effort a “scam.”

Clinton’s campaign has said it would take part in the recounts.

Even if all of the recounts were to take place, they are extremely unlikely to change the overall outcome of the election.

 

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