Wednesday 13 December 2017

Green Party seeks higher court bid to force Pennsylvania recount

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein (AP)
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein (AP)

The Green Party is switching strategy in its bid to force a state-wide recount of Pennsylvania's November 8 presidential election vote.

The party dropped the state case on Saturday, but said hours later that it would go to federal court instead.

The lead lawyer for the recount campaign said the party would seek an emergency federal court order for the recount, adding that barriers to the procedure in Pennsylvania were pervasive and the state court system was not equipped to address the problem.

Green Party-backed voters who filed the state case could not afford the million-dollar bond ordered by the court by 5pm on Saturday, two days before Monday's hearing, lawyers said earlier.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein spearheaded a recount effort in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where Republican Donald Trump won narrowly over Democrat Hillary Clinton, framing it as an effort to explore whether Pennsylvania's election result was manipulated by hackers.

Mr Trump and the Pennsylvania Republican party had opposed the recount and Pennsylvania's top elections official, a Democrat, has said there is no evidence of cyber-attacks or voting irregularities.

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