Oops! Jill Stein Cannot File Direct Request for Recount in Pennsylvania, Must Take It to Court
Oops. Jill Stein forgot to mention to her donors that she cannot file a direct request for a recount in Pennsylvania.
Stein would have to present a case showing voter fraud took place.
Trump won Pennsylvania by 70 thousand votes.
Stein would have to prove that fraud was “probable.”
That does not seem likely. Then again, we are talking about the Clintons here.
Per Pennsylvania regulations, there is only one way remaining for Jill Stein to get a recount in Pennsylvania and it is a complicated process. BillyPenn 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.
In fact, the Medium reports that Clinton’s own legal team headed by Marc Elias has noted that Clinton’s team “had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology.” The Obama administration echoed that by stating that the government did not observe any increased level of malicious cyber-activity aimed at disrupting our electoral process on election day. According to Newsmax, Obama is standing behind the results which indicate that Trump won the election, saying the election was “free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective.”
Elias also noted that in even the closest margin state, Michigan, Trump’s win “well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount.” Therefore, Elias says that is why Clinton herself did not pursue a recount effort. However, since Stein has funded and initiated the effort, Elias says that Clinton will participate to ensure fairness.
More… Via Reddit and Michael Tracy:
Jill Stein would have to present evidence of fraud or systematic error in every MI county to initiate a statewide recount. It's a pipe dream pic.twitter.com/q19r9THelr
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) November 26, 2016
Stein has to prove that fraud took place:
In addition to submitting the petition, Stein must demonstrate that "a mistake or fraud has been committed." She has not yet done so.
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) November 27, 2016