A federal judge has stopped the hand recount of nearly 5 million ballots in Michigan.
U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith, who ordered the recount to begin Monday, sided with a state appeals court Wednesday in halting the effort, ABC News reported.
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A Michigan appeals court ruled 3-0 on Tuesday that Green Party candidate Jill Stein should not have been allowed to demand a recount because she is not an “aggrieved candidate.” Goldsmith, after hearing arguments from the state Republican Party and GOP attorney general, agreed.
“Because there is no basis for this court to ignore the Michigan court’s ruling and make an independent judgment regarding what the Michigan Legislature intended by the term ‘aggrieved,’ plaintiffs have not shown an entitlement to a recount,” Goldsmith said.
The Stein campaign’s lead lawyers in Michigan said they were “deeply disappointed” with the ruling.
“The history of this country is one where federal courts step in to protect the constitutional voting rights of all Americans, especially when they are under attack in the states,” Hayley Horowitz and Jessica Clarke said in a statement.
“Well today, they are under brutal attack.”
They called the president-elect’s efforts to suppress the vote recount a “stunning about-face, even by Trump’s own standards.”
“Recounts are not about politics or parties; they are about our democracy,” the statement said.
“By stopping the recount in Michigan, Trump and Michigan Republicans are explicitly stripping the constitutional rights of Michigan voters straight from under them. Worse, they are continuing to undermine confidence in the American political system by denying voters a chance to be reassured that the election results were accurate.”
The statement said the campaign will continue to fight to protect the voting rights of all Americans. In its next step, the campaign will “seek immediate relief in Michigan’s Supreme Court to ensure the recount that is already underway in all Michigan counties continues.”
“We need this recount to ensure the fairness, accuracy and integrity of the vote.”
Stein’s website claims she had raised more than $7 million toward the recount effort to date.
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