Federal judge denies Jill Stein’s request for vote recount in Pennsylvania

Federal judge denies Jill Stein’s request for vote recount in Pennsylvania
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has rejected Jill Stein’s request for a complete vote recount in Pennsylvania.

In a long, 31-page decision, U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond said there were at least six legal reasons that “required” him to reject Stein’s request, which have been fought at every stage by President-elect Donald Trump and the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office.

Suspicion of a hacked Pennsylvania election “borders on the irrational” while granting the Green Party’s recount bid could “ensure that that no Pennsylvania vote counts” given Tuesday’s federal deadline to certify the vote for the Electoral College, Diamond wrote.

“Most importantly, there is no credible evidence that any ‘hack’ occurred, and compelling evidence that Pennsylvania’s voting system was not in any way compromised,” he added, according to the Associated Press.

In addition, the judge said that Stein’s recount petition lacked standing, federal jurisdiction and even an “unexplained, highly prejudicial” time lapse between Stein filing the recount lawsuit and the election in early November.

Stein officially filed for a recount in Pennsylvania in the final days of November, alleging that computer hacks of voting machines potentially changed the outcome of the election and aided Trump’s win. She also contended that Pennsylvania has unconstitutional requirements for voters seeking recounts.

Stein has initiated recounts in three pivotal states where Trump won: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

So far, the Wisconsin recount is wrapping up, and with very little net change in the final tally. In addition to a federal judge tossing the recount lawsuit in Pennsylvania, the Michigan Supreme Court issued a ruling late Friday denying Stein a recount in the Great Lake State.

The Wisconsin recount was expected to conclude Monday. With about 95 percent of the votes recounted as of Sunday, Clinton had gained 25 votes on Trump, but still trailed by about 22,000.

In Pennsylvania, Trump beat Clinton in Pennsylvania by about 44,000 votes out of 6 million cast.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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