More than two weeks after the election of President-elect Trump, Jill Stein decided to file for a recount. Her recount bid gained momentum quickly. However, it appears this bid is now starting to fizzle out. There are new developments in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
The Michigan Board of State Canvassers heard pleadings from both Jill Stein and representatives for President-elect Trump. The Board came back deadlocked on their decision on Friday, December 2, 2016. The federal courts ruled that the recounts in Michigan were to start immediately on Monday, December 5, 2016. On December 6, 2016, there was an emergency hearing in Michigan in the state’s appeal court. The court determined that Stein had no legal right to the recount. The appeals court justices voted 3-0 that the Board of State Canvassers to reject Stein’s petition that made on November 30, 2016. However, the recount issue is not completely over. According to the Detroit Free Press, there will be another federal court hearing on Wednesday. This purpose of the hearing is to ask the courts to dissolve the TRO it originally placed.
After dropping her bid for a recount in Pennsylvania based on costs, Jill Stein, and her attorney filed for an emergency hearing in federal courts. This case, according to Stein, is to force a recount in Pennsylvania without paying the court ordered bond. According to ABC News, the US District Court Judge Paul Diamond set a hearing for Friday. The Republican Party and President-elect Trump contend that this recount threatens the vote of the people of Pennsylvania. Stein initially missed the filing date in Pennsylvania for a statewide recount. They also contend that the recounts would waste taxpayer money.
Wisconsin’s recount has been underway for a week now. According to ABC News, with about a third of the state’s counties having completed their recounts, President-elect Trump’s lead has widened by 146 votes. There is a federal hearing for this state as well that is due to be heard on Friday, due to a motion by a Trump voter and two Republican super PACs. They contend that there is a possibility that the recounts could take longer than the due date, which would disenfranchise millions of voters. They also contend that the recount could end up costing taxpayers near 4 million dollars.
When a candidate has real evidence that there is a need for a recount, of course, a recount should happen. However, the other major contender for the office of the President of the United States, Hillary Clinton, conceded the election, early on Election Night. Therefore, this recount effort brought up by the Green Party Candidate, who secured about one percent of the vote, seems more like a money and attention grab.