Jill Stein Drops Bid for Pennsylvania Election Recount

The Green Party dropped the case in Pennsylvania's state courts after lawyers for the Republicans and President-elect Donald Trump were able to get the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania to order the Green Party to come up with $1 million bond by 5 p.m. on Monday for the election recount to proceed.

An earlier request by Stein for a recount in Pennsylvania failed on Saturday after a state judge ordered her campaign to post a $1 million bond.

The campaign said on Saturday night it would seek an emergency federal court order for a state-wide recount.

The Green party candidate had last month requested recounts in the three states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and MI where Donald Trump narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton.

The Green Party said its requests for recounts in the three states were focused on ensuring the integrity of the USA voting system and not on changing the result of the election.

Trump and the Pennsylvania GOP have opposed the recount.

The state's top elections official, Secretary of State Pedro Cortes, a Democrat, has said there was no evidence of any irregularities in the election.

Trump on Sunday called Stein's bid a "scam" on Twitter, and his campaign lawyers, along with several pro-Trump groups, have initiated legal efforts in all three states attempting to block the recount.

Stein is also pushing for recounts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The case also had threatened Pennsylvania's ability to certify its presidential electors by the December 13 federal deadline, Republican lawyers argued.

The US battleground of MI has begun recounting presidential ballots on the orders of a federal judge. Stein had received 1 percent of votes in MI polls.

She has raised about $7 million for the recount effort and other associated costs.

Jill Stein pushed for the recount. Recounts would have to flip the result to Clinton in all three states to change the result.

Jill Stein also wants the recount process to be initiated in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Michigan's appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday on a Trump request to halt the recount.

There is essentially zero chance that the recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania will change Trump's lead, which number in the thousands, not hundreds, in all three states.

The latest tally had Clinton at 2.5 million more popular votes than Trump, who claims millions of people voted illegally for the Democratic candidate.

Stein's lawyers argued that waiting until Wednesday would cut it too close.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission says no significant issues have been reported after four full days of recounting.

  • Audrey Hill