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U.S. Appeals Court Refuses To Stop Michigan Recount

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U.S. Appeals Court Refuses To Stop Michigan Recount


(Reuters) – A federal appeals court refused on Tuesday to stop a recount of the Nov. 8 presidential election vote in Michigan that is being sought by Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

The ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld a decision by a lower court judge, came one day after Stein sued in federal court in Pennsylvania to try to force a statewide recount of U.S. presidential votes there.

Stein also pushed for a recount that is under way in Wisconsin, which with Michigan and Pennsylvania, was key to Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s victory.

The Green Party candidate’s moves are unlikely to change the outcome of the election but she has maintained they are necessary to ensure the integrity of voting systems.

Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin defied their recent history of supporting Democratic presidential candidates and handed Trump narrow wins that ultimately gave him victory over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican, filed a lawsuit on Friday to halt the requested recount in the state, which Trump won by about 10,700 votes.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Cooney)

IMAGE: Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein speaks during a news conference outside Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid



  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth December 6, 2016

    Wasn’t Donald the one promising or alluding to retribution of any sort were he to have lost? The electoral college—that ancient byzantine institution that allowed him to win there, but not with the popular vote—must be scrapped as an interesting idea for the past but no longer.
    Time to adjust the system and let everyone’s vote count equally without some artificial weight applied, or allowing for some artifice determine how to tally votes, despite where one may live in the country.
    This may come as a shock to conservatives but the universe is governed by change, and whosoever or whatsoever can’t adapt is swept aside in a truly Universal Darwinian manner.

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    2. dpaano December 7, 2016

      Definitely…..if the shoe were on the other foot and Hillary won, you can be guaranteed that The Donald would be screaming and clawing for recounts in every state that he lost! He said he would do it if he lost…..but now, apparently, that doesn’t hold true for the other side!

  2. Kevin K December 7, 2016

    Didn’t you hear Aaron? According to our next president, 3 million people voted illegally. Quite frankly, I’m sick and tired of a handful of states, who every four years, swing an election and when those states are populated by people who don’t pay attention to anything except their own little world.

    1. idamag December 7, 2016

      I live in one of those states. I feel like an illegal alien. I can go to the polls. They let me play like I am voting. The state is run by the billionaire cattle barons.

  3. Eleanore Whitaker December 7, 2016

    You know what’s so funny about this MI fight to stop a recount? It’s been done before in WI when they tried to get rid of Walker. It’s been done in FL when they tried to get rid of Scott.

    See the patterns here yet folks? If it’s a Republican who “rigs” the election, a recount is a NO NO. If it’s a Democrat, you bet your bippy the GOP will take it to the SC if they must to get their recount.

    It was Trump in the 2nd Debate who said at least 3 times when asked if he would contest his opponent’s win, “I will ask for a recount.” Now, the Republican jerks are all whining, wussing out and complaining when the shoe is on the other foot.

    If they prove anything at all to all of us, it is that the right Wing Republicans are ALL mouths and no action. The Dems are all action and don’t have to utter a sound.

    And boy oh boy do Republicans hate that they are getting a taste of what they dished out to the rest of the country these past 8 years.

    This is just the beginning. Now, the Dems are refusing to accept a single nominee of the GOP for their cabinet or the SC.


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