Jill Stein Eyes Pennsylvania for Recount
Jill Stein will take her Green Party-backed campaign for a statewide recount of Pennsylvania’s votes in the presidential election to the federal courts, USA Today reports.
The move comes after the campaign dropped a case in the state courts.
“We are committed to this fight to protect the civil and voting rights of all Americans,” Jonathan Abady, lead counsel for the recount campaign, said in a statement. “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.”
Over the weekend, recount efforts backed by the party continued in some precincts over the weekend, despite the state case being dropped.
The campaign, led by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, cited financial difficulties when deciding to withdraw the case. The court filing described Green Party voters who filed the case as “regular citizens of ordinary means.” It stated that they could not afford the $1 million bond ordered by the court by Monday.
Instead, the campaign will seek to push for a statewide recount in federal court on Monday, demanding a recount on constitutional grounds.
In the official tally, Donald Trump, who won the state’s electoral vote on Election Day, had a 68,236 vote lead. On Sunday, the president-elect took to Twitter to bash Stein’s efforts, calling it “a Stein scam to raise money.”
Pennsylvania’s automatic statewide recount trigger is 0.5%, according to the Associated Press. Stein drew less than 1% of the votes cast.