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Jill Stein to take Pennsylvania recount to federal courts

Post by Admin on Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:18 am

A Green Party-backed campaign will take its fight for a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's votes in the presidential election to the federal courts after it dropped a case in the state courts.

"We are committed to this fight to protect the civil and voting rights of all Americans," Jonathan Abady, lead counsel for the recount campaign, said in a statement. "Over the past several days, it has become clear that the barriers to verifying the vote in Pennsylvania are so pervasive and that the state court system is so ill-equipped to address this problem that we must seek federal court intervention."

Green Party-backed recount efforts continued in some precincts over the weekend, despite the state case being dropped.

The recount campaign, led by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, cited financial difficulties when deciding to withdraw the case. The court filing described the Green Party-backed voters who filed the case "regular citizens of ordinary means" who cannot afford the $1 million bond ordered by the court by Monday, the Associated Press reported.

Instead, the campaign plans to push for the statewide recount in federal court on Monday, demanding a recount on constitutional grounds.

On Saturday night, Stein tweeted that "On Monday, I will escalate #Recount2016 in PA and file to demand a statewide recount on constitutional grounds. The people deserve answers."

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