It’s Not Over: Stein To Pursue Pennsylvania Recount In Federal Court

Jill Stein at Minneapolis news conference - August, 2016

The presidential recount in Pennsylvania isn’t dead. Late Saturday night, Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s campaign said it would pursue a statewide recount in federal court on Monday.

Jonathan Abady, lead counsel to the Stein recount efforts, issued a statement saying:

“Make no mistake – the Stein campaign will continue to fight for a statewide recount in Pennsylvania. We are committed to this fight to protect the civil and voting rights of all Americans. Over the past several days, it has become clear that the barriers to verifying the vote in Pennsylvania are so pervasive and that the state court system is so ill-equipped to address this problem that we must seek federal court intervention. As a result, on Monday the Stein campaign will escalate our campaign in Pennsylvania and file for emergency relief in federal court, demanding a statewide recount on constitutional grounds.”

Earlier in the day, Stein’s campaign withdrew from a state lawsuit to force a Pennsylvania recount. Stein attorney Lawrence Otter told the court, “Petitioners are regular citizens of ordinary means. They cannot afford to post the $1,000,000 bond required by the Court.”

Stopping the Pennsylvania recount would kill the slim hopes that some have of overturning Donald Trump’s election. Recount efforts are also going on in Wisconsin and Michigan. All three states would have to revese their electoral college outcomes for Hillary Clinton to become president.

Stein will hold a news conference about the Pennsylvania recount on Monday at 10 a.m. ET outside Trump Tower in New York.

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