Politics

Trump Supporters Seek To Block Vote Recounts

| by Jordan Smith

Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump are seeking to block the recounting of votes in three states the Republican candidate won on Nov. 8 to clinch the White House.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein called for recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, declaring it was necessary to ensure voting machines had not been hacked, The Washington Post reported.

However, Stein has not produced evidence to confirm any irregularities.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican, filed an emergency motion with a federal court on Dec. 2 to halt the Michigan recount.

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Stein attacked the move, saying it was a “politically motivated attempt by Bill Schuette to side with Donald Trump in opposition to a fair and accountable voting system,” the Post reported.

It is not clear when Schuette’s motion will be considered. The recount in Michigan could begin as early as next week.

“Citizens in Michigan and across the country of every political party have expressed their concerns around our voting system and deserve to have their votes counted,” a statement from Stein read.

In Wisconsin, U.S. District Judge James Peterson ruled Dec. 2 against an attempt by Trump supporters to halt that state’s recount, which commenced Dec. 1. Peterson decided there was no harm in allowing the recount to proceed while legal arguments are prepared, the Associated Press reports.

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“Citizens in Wisconsin and across the country have made it clear that they want a recount and deserve to see this process through to ensure integrity in the vote,” Matthew Brinckerhoff, an attorney for Stein, told the Post.

Meanwhile in Pennsylvania, attorneys for Trump filed papers calling on the courts to prevent a recount.

“Even with the heroic efforts by state and local elections officials involved in the recounts, as well as expeditious review by this Court, Stein’s proposed process will last weeks, perhaps even months," the filing read. "Either way, her request puts Pennsylvania at grave risk of having not certified its Presidential electors by Dec. 13, the deadline for doing so."

If the deadline is missed, then Congress could be forced to appoint the delegates for states with incomplete results.

In one of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, officials had already completed the recount on Dec. 2. Clinton gained a single vote on Trump as a result.

Sources: The Washington Post, The Associated Press via CBC / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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