Politics

Judge Stops Michigan Recount

| by Ray Brown

A federal judge who initially ordered a presidential election recount in Michigan has now ordered that it be stopped.

Federal Judge Mark Goldsmith said on Dec. 7 that he must follow the Michigan appeals court's decision, which ruled against the Green Party's Jill Stein, who has been pushing for a recount in three states where President-elect Donald Trump won, reported ABC News.

But Stein only garnered 1 percent of the Michigan vote and didn't have grounds for a recount, the court ruled.

“Because there is no basis for this court to ignore the Michigan court’s ruling and make an independent judgment regarding what the Michigan Legislature intended by the term ‘aggrieved,’ plaintiffs have not shown an entitlement to a recount under Michigan’s statutory scheme,” Goldsmith wrote, according to The New York Times.

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While many supporters of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hoped a recount would reveal that she was the actual winner, Stein has repeatedly said her effort was in response to allegations that the election had been hacked and that she wanted more transparency in the electoral process.

Despite Stein's claims, Goldsmith said her goal could not be accomplished through the courts:

The issues that plaintiffs raise are serious indeed.

The vulnerability of our system of voting poses the threat of a potentially devastating attack on the integrity of our election system. But invoking a court’s aid to remedy that problem in the manner plaintiffs have chosen — seeking a recount as an audit of the election to test whether the vulnerability led to actual compromise of the voting system — has never been endorsed by any court and would require, at a minimum, evidence of significant fraud or mistake — and not speculative fear of them. Such evidence has not been presented here.

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Stein has pushed and failed for recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

But she did win her push for a recount in Wisconsin, which is currently ongoing, according to Fox News.

However, it will not have an impact on Trump's victory over Clinton.

Sources: ABC News, The New York Times, Fox News / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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