For weeks, Dennis Michael Lynch has been telling his readers and viewers NOT TO WORRY about Jill Stein and her ridiculous recount effort. “It will die out, it will flame out, it’s nothing to worry about, unless of course you donated to her and she keeps your money for doing nothing,” said DML. Well, once again DML is correct.
Jill Stein has ended her statewide ballot recount effort in Pennsylvania. Lawrence M. Otter, a lawyer for the former Green Party presidential candidate, withdrew the lawsuit filed with the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania early Saturday evening.
“Petitioners are regular citizens of ordinary means,” the filing states. “They cannot afford to post the $1,000,000 bond required by the Court.”
Stein elaborated on Twitter, asking: “How odd is it that we must jump through bureaucratic hoops and raise millions of dollars so we can trust our election results?”
Last month, Stein launched a fundraising campaign to pursue a recount in Pennsylvania, as well as in Michigan and Wisconsin — three states President-elect Donald Trump narrowly won en route to his electoral college victory. That campaign — which sought to “ensure the integrity of our elections,” according to her website — proved wildly successful, raking in nearly $7 million in donations to fund the former candidate’s efforts.
How odd is it that we must jump through bureaucratic hoops and raise millions of dollars so we can trust our election results? #Recount2016
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) December 4, 2016
Stein subsequently filed her request for a statewide recount in Pennsylvania on Monday, just days after she officially requested a recount in Wisconsin. In Michigan, where Trump was certified the winner only last week, the situation proved to be a bit more complicated: Stein requested a recount there — only to have her request tangled by an objection from the Trump campaign. After the state’s Board of State Canvassers deadlocked on the issue Friday, a hand recount in Michigan appears set to proceed next week.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign said it would participate in the recount.
But in Pennsylvania, Stein’s dropping out is a sudden stop to a statewide effort that began less than one week ago. According to a Wall Street Journal report: “Recounts will still proceed in a handful of Pennsylvania precincts, but it is far from the statewide recount that Ms. Stein was hoping for.”
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