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Leid Stories—The Green Party’s Recount 2016: Court Shuts It Down in Michigan —12.08.16

A federal judge in Michigan last night shut down a recount of ballots cast in the presidential election, upholding a state appeals court ruling that presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party, who initiated the recount action, was not an “aggrieved” candidate under Michigan law, and had no standing or valid reasons for demanding a recount.

Stein is appealing the decision, but it is likely to yield the same result as in Pennsylvania, where the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas yesterday backed up the election board’s refusal to allow Stein full access to the city’s voting machines and their programming software.

Stein’s recount push in Wisconsin so far has yielded negligible change in the final vote count, according to Wisconsin Election Commission officials.

The Green Party’s recount project has generated a great deal of discussion on Leid Stories. We make room for discussion today.

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