- Stein raised over $7m to fund recount in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin
- Reversal of results in those states would hand presidency to Hillary Clinton
- Michigan court put a halt to the recount on Friday
- Donald Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes, though Stein alleges voter fraud
Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate in the recent presidential election, conceded on Friday that there would not be a recount of votes in Michigan.
During a rally that drew dozens of supporters in frigid Detroit temperatures, Stein slammed the voting system in the Wolverine State, The Detroit News reported.
The Michigan Supreme Court put a halt to the recount a day earlier by a vote of 3-2, ending whatever faint hopes there were of going over all 4.8million ballots.
Stein insists that if the recount went ahead, Donald Trump, who officially won the state by 10,704 votes over Hillary Clinton, would have his victory overturned.
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‘We may be moving out of the court of law, but we’re moving into the court of public opinion,’ Stein said on Saturday.
Despite her setback in Michigan, all was not lost for Stein and her supporters.
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A federal judge allowed Wisconsin’s presidential recount to move forward Friday as a another federal judge in Pennsylvania planned to take the weekend to decide on a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots and examine election computer systems for signs of hacking.
US District Judge Paul S. Diamond in Philadelphia said he will rule Monday on the recount bid by Stein in Pennsylvania, where Trump won by about 44,000 votes.
Stein, who finished far behind Trump and Clinton, is seeking a recount of potentially more than 1 million paper ballots and a forensic examination of election system software in six large counties, including Philadelphia, that use paperless electronic voting machines.
Stein had asked for a recount in those three states in the hopes that it would reverse the results of the election.
If Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania would flip to Clinton, she would win the presidency, not Trump.
‘In the three states where filed recounts, we had Donald Trump, his superPACs and the Republican Party pulling out all the stops,’ Stein said.
‘And you have to wonder, why are they doing this? What is Donald Trump afraid of? Either he does not have faith in democracy or he does not believe he won this election.’
Stein supporters and Green Party officials alleged that there were frequent voting irregularities in Michigan.
One speaker at the rally said that a polling place in Ionia County used a garbage can as a ballot box, while another polling place in Gibraltar had used duct tape to seal another ballot box.
‘Count every vote, and make sure every vote counts,’ Stein said. ‘This dysfunction in our elections flows downhill. It flows to communities that do not have resources…The equipment that’s used is prone to break. And it’s not just the 87 scanners that failed in Detroit on Election Day.’
Stein said that another ‘red flag’ was the unusually high number of ballots that were cast in Michigan – 75,000 – in which the voter did not make a choice in the presidential race.
‘This is a sky high number, far higher than anything that has been seen before in the state,’ Stein said.
‘That really raised questions, and when we tried to ask those questions, you see what we got. We asked “do we have a voting system we can trust?” and we got a resounding “no”.’
Stein was able to raise over $7million from donors to fund the recounts. She said that states should have automatic recounts in order to give voters confidence in the integrity of the system.
‘We shouldn’t have to have a bake sale on steroids and raise millions of dollars in order to have assurance that our votes actually count,’ she said.
‘We not only have a right to vote, but to know who we can vote for.’