Saturday, December 03, 2016

Media misreporting that the Green Party has dropped efforts at Pennsylvania recount

News media is saying the Green Party has dropped the recount effort in Pennsylvania. Many of the headlines are misleading. Some use the more accurate qualifier "statewide" recount, but don't give the rest of the story, which this source does.

Dec. 3, 2016
by Caitlin McCab

Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein discontinued her statewide recount effort in Pennsylvania Saturday afternoon after a Commonwealth Court judge mandated the campaign post a $1 million bond to press on with its challenge.

In court documents filed shortly before 5 p.m., an attorney for the Stein campaign wrote, "Petitioners are regular citizens of ordinary means. They cannot afford to post the $1,000,000 bond required by the Court."


Last Monday, the statewide recount request in Pennsylvania was filed by 100 voters, as required by state law. None were named.

"The judge's outrageous demand that voters pay such an exorbitant figure is a shameful, unacceptable barrier to democratic participation," Stein said in a statement Saturday. "This is yet another sign that Pennsylvania's antiquated election law is stacked against voters."

According to her statement, she plans to hold a news conference about the recount effort Monday morning outside Trump Tower in New York City.

Meanwhile, Stein's campaign intends to continue its county-by-county recount effort in Pennsylvania, said attorney Larry Otter. That requires efforts in individual precincts - a process that requires three voters to petition their local election boards.

In the region, a recount in Philadelphia is already underway in 75 of the city’s more than 1,600 divisions. Judges in Bucks and Delaware counties will hear arguments this week on whether to grant recounts, Otter said.

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