MI elections chief testifies on recount

  • MI elections chief testifies on recount

MI elections chief testifies on recount

The Green Party and its candidate, Jill Stein, have said their requests for recounts in those states were focused on ensuring the integrity of the US voting system and not on changing the result of the election.

Lawyers for both the Pennsylvania Republican Party as well as President-elect Donald Trump requested that Stein's petition be denied, saying she did not uncover any illegal activity.

The recount effort garnered additional credibility when the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, J. Alex Halderman published concerns that hackers may have infiltrated the electronic voting systems in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission said no significant issues have been reported after four full days of recounting and any changes between canvass results and recount totals have been due to human error.

Stein was planning a rally and news conference Monday at Trump Tower in NY on the recount process.

The Green Party said Saturday it will seek help in federal court to force a statewide recount - a move that came hours after the party dropped a case set to be argued today in state courts.

"The current machines worked flawless on November 8th", Lehigh County elections chief Tim Benyo emailed Monday.

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith early Monday morning issued an order for MI election officials to begin counting ballots starting at noon.

Further, Pennsylvania law does not allow a court-ordered recount, they argued, and a lawyer for the Green Party had acknowledged that the effort was without precedent in Pennsylvania.

"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. Ms. Stein drew less than 1 percent of the votes cast.

Green Party lawyers filed a lawsuit in a Philadelphia federal court on Monday asking a judge to order a recount of Pennsylvania's presidential election results.

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

Trump beat Clinton in the state by 10,704 votes, out of almost 5 million cast.

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. Recounting started across Wisconsin on Thursday followed a payment this week of $3.5 million in recount costs by Stein's presidential campaign.

The lawsuit said Pennsylvania's paperless voting machines make it a prime target for hacking, citing the election-season email hacking of the Democratic National Committee and attempts to breach election systems in other states. The move increases the chances that the state could complete the count ahead of a December 13 deadline.