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Jill Stein Drops Pennsylvania Recount Bid

Jill Stein has dropped her court case seeking a statewide recount in Pennsylvania.
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Jill Stein, the Green Party's 2016 presidential nominee, has withdrawn her court case which sought a statewide recount in Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvania is one of three states where Jill Stein is seeking a recount of the November 8th presidential election results.

The demand for a recount was largely inspired by a group of computer scientists and election lawyers who discovered what they believed to be anomalies in the voting results collected from electronic voting machines.  After the Clinton campaign originally declined to seek any recount (only to come out and support the effort later) Jill Stein decided to lead the effort herself and began raising funds for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania court ordered a $1 million bond be paid by 5 p.m. (EST) on Monday, December 5th.  Court filings revealed that the voters who submitted the request could not afford the $1 million bond because they "are regular citizens of ordinary means." This is not the first roadblock to hinder the recount efforts.  In Wisconsin, after filing the request on time with the originally estimated $1.1 million fee, the filing fee was increased to an estimated $3.5 million.  As of this writing, Jill Stein has raised just under $7 million of the (current) goal of $9.5 million by crowdfunding the effort through her website.

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As of this writing, Jill Stein's website and Twitter have not mentioned the withdrawal but plans to make a public announcement on Monday, December 5th, 2016.

For more information about Jill Stein withdrawing her recount filing in Pennsylvania, click here.  Via Associated Press.

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