Focus of recount effort shifts to Michigan, Pennsylvania
- Author: Angelo Rivera Dec 11, 2016,
Dec 11, 2016, 1:08
The case had threatened Pennsylvania's ability to certify its presidential electors by the December 13 federal deadline, Republican lawyers argued.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith in Detroit issued an order that started the recount in MI and said it must "must continue until further order of this court".
The ruling comes after Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein filed for a recount in the state, which President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGOP senator calls on Obama to halt Guantanamo detainee transfers Report: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner plan move to DC Ex-comptroller: Trump will try to govern like Reagan MORE won by a razor-thin margin.
- Michigan's recount of the November 8 presidential vote revved up Monday while Wisconsin's cruised forward with few changes found so far. The recounts were not expected to change enough votes to overturn the result of the election.
There is absolutely no evidence of widespread voter fraud, much less that there were millions of illegal voters.
"Over the past several days, it has become clear that the barriers to verifying the vote in Pennsylvania are so pervasive and that the state court system is so ill-equipped to address this problem that we must seek federal court intervention", Abady said.
Trump's victory in Pennsylvania was particularly stunning: the state's fifth-most electoral votes are a key stepping stone to the White House, and no Republican presidential candidate had captured the state since 1988.
The filing says the state's procedures violate the equal protection clause of the Constitution because Pennsylvanians have less ability to ensure their votes count than residents of other states.
Meanwhile, Green Party-backed efforts to force recounts and analyze election software in scattered precincts were continuing.
Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette, the Trump campaign and super PACs have filed separate lawsuits asking state courts to prevent the recount, arguing that Stein, as the fourth-place finisher, is not "aggrieved" because she has no chance of winning in a recount. State and local election officials have all said they don't expect Ms. Clinton to surpass Mr. Trump in Wisconsin, where he won by about 22,000 votes.
Thomas said "will certainly take a shot" at counting the ballots before December 13. If the sample shows a discrepancy of at least 1 percent for Mr. De La Fuente or Ms. Clinton, a full recount will be launched in all 17 Nevada counties.