Jill Stein’s crusade to obtain a recount in three states — an effort also taken up by Hillary Clinton’s supporters — just hit a major snag.
There is no absolute “right” to order a recount in Pennsylvania. In general, a person requesting a recount of votes must first present a showing of fraud, Yahoo News reported.
The only recourse for the Green Party presidential nominee and Clinton’s supporters is to take their cause to court. Ka-ching!
The Pennsylvania Election Code provides that instead of granting candidates the absolute right to file a direct recount request, they must instead contest the count in a court proceeding. According to Pennsylvania code:
While candidates cannot file a direct request for a recount, they may appeal the order or decision of any county board regarding the computation or canvassing of the returns of any primary or election, or regarding any recount or recanvass thereof. During the appeal process, the court may determine that a recount is necessary.
And what evidence must the disgruntled candidate present to the court to be successful? Yahoo News reported:
Per Pennsylvania regulations, there is only one way remaining for Jill Stein to get a recount in Pennsylvania and it is a complicated process. Billy Penn reports that Stein would have to file for a court appeal and present a “prima facie case” showing that voter fraud took place. While prima facie has a lower burden of proof threshold than “beyond reasonable doubt”, it is still significant. Stein would have to prove in court that fraud was “probable.” This is going to be very difficult given that even the computer specialists recommending the recount say there is no proof of hacking or fraud.
On the issue of fraud, when the Clinton campaign joined forces in the recount effort, Clinton campaign counsel Marc Elias conceded that while there was no evidence of fraud, claimed to “have an obligation to the more than 64 million Americans who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton to participate in ongoing proceedings to ensure that an accurate vote count will be reported.”
One person suggested that the only fraud on the issue was Stein herself.
— Michael 🐸 (@247ltd) November 26, 2016
In addition, to be successful, a recount in Pennsylvania would have to overcome another huge obstacle — Trump’s large 70,638 vote margin of victory. The Pennsylvania Secretary of State‘s office reported this final tally:
- Donald Trump: 2,934,583 (48.80 percent)
- Hillary Clinton: 2,863,945 (47.83 percent)
- Darrell Castle: 21,193 (0.35 percent)
- Jill Stein: 49,170 (0.82 percent)
- Gary Johnson: 144,141 (2.40 percent)
This recount is nothing more than a way for the left to divide our country using these means to do it.
This is silly, stupid and a waste of money. I do believe Soros is behind this to try to take Trump down.Where is all this money coming from if Soros is not involved?
There seems to be no end to which these crooks on the left are willing to go.
I hope President Elect Trump has plenty of security because what is left if this fails which I think it will. I see assassination as the last resort.