August 3, 2020

Request To Recount Pennsylvania Paper Ballots Rejected By Federal Judge

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Jill Stein’s request to recount paper ballots in Pennsylvania’s presidential election was rejected Monday morning by a federal judge.

The rejection by U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond is the latest in a series of setbacks for the Green Party presidential candidate’s recount efforts in Pennsylvania.

Diamond rejected the lawsuit in part because Stein presented no evidence of hacking in Pennsylvania’s election.

Suspicion of a hacked Pennsylvania election “borders on the irrational,” Diamond said in his decision.

Diamond also cited Stein’s delay in filing the federal lawsuit, and ruled that Stein had no legal standing to sue for the recount.

Republican Donald Trump won Pennsylvania over Democrat Hillary Clinton by over 44,000 votes.

This decision comes just days after a Philadelphia Court denied Stein’s request for a full forensic analysis of electronic voting machines in the city.

It is unclear how Stein will proceed. It was reported that the federal courts were Stein’s last option for a recount in Pennsylvania.

Stein has been campaigning for vote recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, all states in which Trump bested Clinton.

This development follows a ruling from the Michigan Supreme Court Friday to uphold a lower court ruling that denied Stein’s petition for a recount.

Source: Western Journalism

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