Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ballot Recounts Update

The Latest on recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania (all times local):

Michigan, 7:50 p.m.

A Federal Judge who ordered Michigan to start recounting Presidential votes has dropped his decision, effectively ending a second look at ballots statewide. Judge Mark Goldsmith acted Wednesday night, a day after the State Appeals Court said the Green Party candidate isn't eligible to seek a recount of millions of vote cast Nov. 8.

Earlier Wednesday, the Michigan Elections Board said the recount would end if Goldsmith extinguished his earlier order. It was Goldsmith's midnight ruling Monday that started the recount in Michigan. But his order dealt with timing, not whether a recount was appropriate. More than 20 Counties so far are recounting ballots, and some are finished.

The State Appeals Court said Tuesday that Jill Stein doesn't qualify as an "aggrieved" candidate under State law because she got only 1% of the Michigan vote and can't win with a recount. Stein is appealing to the Michigan Supreme Court.

3:05 p.m.

A Judge has rejected a Green Party request to allow software experts to inspect Philadelphia's Election systems for evidence they were hacked. The judge's refusal Wednesday comes after Philadelphia's Election Board rejected the idea, too.

A Friday Federal Court hearing is scheduled in a separate Green Party request. The Party says an examination of central voting system software in six Pennsylvania Counties using different types of paperless electronic voting machines would take two or three days.

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