Green Party Withdraws Pennsylvania Recount Case
The Green Party withdrew its court case Saturday that sought a statewide recount of Pennsylvania’s Nov. 8 presidential election, CBS News reports. The party wanted to examine whether state voting machines and their software were hacked and therefore resulted in a skewed election result.
The decision to drop the case happened two days prior to a court hearing related to the case, and attorneys for the Green Party-backed voters who filed the lawsuit claimed they would not have the $1 million bond mandated by the court by Monday at 5 p.m.
Other Green Party-backed efforts to analyze election software in various precincts, though, will continue.
Jill Stein, the Green Party’s nominee, raised money to put forth recounts in key rust belt states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania where Republican Donald trump edged out Democrat Hillary Clinton to win electoral votes in those respective states.
According to CBS, an updated count in Pennsylvania by state officials show Trump’s lead shrinking to 49,000 from 79,000 over Clinton. His lead is now 0.8 percent, which is shy of the 0.5 percent that would trigger an automatic state recount.