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Judge Refuses Hand Recount In Wisconsin As Dems Back Away From Stein’s Push

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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter

A Wisconsin judge refused to order a hand recount Tuesday despite accusations from Green Party candidate Jill Stein, according to the Associated Press.

Stein continues to allege that voting machines nationwide were hacked by a foreign government, despite not being able to provide proof that any district was affected by hacks, or malfunctioning voting machines. Stein insists that the only way to get around the alleged hacks is to force a recount by hand, which would only work in districts that use electronic machines to scan paper ballots.

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn decided that Stein’s attorneys failed to prove with any firm evidence that the machines are unreliable.

Stein’s petition for a recount in the state of Wisconsin was granted in accordance with state law, but will not be done by hand.

Stein bashed the decision on social media, tweeting that the state was trying to “quash” her efforts.

The Green Party officially distanced itself from Stein’s dogged pursuit of voter fraud claims, noting that Stein blurred the lines between the Green Party and the Democratic Party by only selecting states that Clinton could benefit from if the results were reversed.

“The decision to pursue a recount was not made in a democratic or a strategic way, nor did it respect the established decision making processes and structures of the Green Party of the United States (GPUS),” the official press release asserts. “The recount has created confusion about the relationship between the Green and Democratic parties because the states chosen for the recount are only states in which Hillary Clinton lost. There were close races in other states such as New Hampshire and Minnesota where Clinton won, but which were not part of the recount. And this recount does not address the disenfranchisement of voters; it recounts votes that were already counted rather than restoring the suffrage of voters who were prevented from voting.”

The Democratic Party also appeared to distance itself from Stein’s decision, with top Clinton aides telling fundraisers that if they really want to help the Democratic cause, they should focus on 2018 races or the runoff in Louisiana.

“Believe me if there was anything I could do to make Hillary Clinton the next president of the United States I would,” former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, told the Associated Press. “But this is a big waste of time.”

“I wouldn’t give a dollar to Jill Stein,” said Adam Parkhomenko, a longtime Clinton aide. “Volunteers, supporters and Democrats, they want to pick themselves up and get back out there. The best vehicle to do that is the Louisiana Senate race.”

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