On Friday, Green Party candidate Jill Stein recognized that the recount in Michigan was over.
The Michigan Supreme Court ended the possibility of a recount with a vote of 3-2, crushing any hopes that Stein and her supporters had of going over approximately 4.8 million ballots that were cast in the recent presidential election.
Stein held a rally in Detroit, drawing dozens of supporters, where she blasted the voting system in Michigan, The Detroit News reported.
While slamming the system, Stein acknowledged that there would be no recount but insisted that if the process had occurred Hillary Clinton would have, in fact, won the state.
Green Party officials and Stein supporters purported that there were recurrent voter irregularities.
According to the Daily Mail, a speaker at the Detroit rally said that a “polling place in Ionia County used a garbage can as a ballot box, while another polling place in Gibraltar had used duct tape to seal another ballot box.”
“Count every vote, and make sure every vote counts,” Stein said. “This dysfunction in our elections flows downhill. It flows to communities that do not have resources. The equipment that’s used is prone to break. And it’s not just the 87 scanners that failed in Detroit on Election Day.”
Stein also questioned the number of ballots that were cast in Michigan in which the voter didn’t indicate a choice in the presidential race. It was determined that 75,000 ballots were missing this key selection.
“This is a sky high number, far higher than anything that has been seen before in the state,” Stein said.
“That really raised questions, and when we tried to ask those questions, you see what we got. We asked, “Do we have a voting system we can trust?” and we got a resounding ‘no.'”
President-elect Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes.
Stein told supporters, “We may be moving out of the court of law, but we’re moving into the court of public opinion.”
She went on to say, “In the three states where we filed recounts, we had Donald Trump, his super PACs, and the Republican Party pulling out all the stops. And you have to wonder, why are they doing this? What is Donald Trump afraid of? Either he does not have faith in democracy or he does not believe he won this election.”
While the fight is over in the Wolverine state, Stein’s recount efforts are still underway in other states. In Wisconsin, a federal judge allowed the recount to move forward, and in Pennsylvania, U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond decided to take the weekend to consider Stein’s request for a ballot recount.
Back in November, Trump won Pennsylvania by roughly 44,000 votes.
Stein had asked for an examination of ballots in all three states, in hopes to reverse the election results. If all three states went to Clinton as Stein believed they should, Clinton would have won the election.
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