US judge halts Michigan recount

As the court halts the Michigan recount, Stein pledges her efforts are not over.

The US District Judge Mark Goldsmith revoked his order requiring a recount of the state’s presidential vote on Wednesday.

Goldsmith said that Jill Stein, leader of the Green Party, does not have valid reasons for the recount. Despite her campaign to ensure integrity in the voting system, Goldsmith concluded that she was not an “aggreived” candidate with valid demand for recount.

“Because there is no basis for this court to ignore the Michigan court’s ruling and make an independent judgment regarding what the Michigan legislature intended by the term ‘aggrieved’, plaintiffs have not shown an entitlement to a recount,” said Goldsmith on Wednesday.

He did agree that issues raised by Stein were “serious” but found there was no evidence of violations from electronic voting.

“In a huge victory for Michigan taxpayers and the rule of law, this recount is stopped,” said Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican who opposes the recount.

Since this decision, the Stein campaign said in a statement that they have appealed again.

Stein has raised almost $7 million to fund the recounts in three states; Michigan, Wisconsin and Pensylvannia.

Recounts are unlikely to to change the outcome of the election, but Stein insists they are necessary to ensure the reliability of the system.

Clinton will need all three states to flip to take enough electoral votes to win the election.Trump has 306 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232; 270 are needed for Clinton to win. Pennsylvania has 20, Michigan has 16 electoral votes and Wisconsin has 10.

A court hearing will be held on Friday for the possible recount in Pennsylvania. Wisconsin’s recount started last week and has thus far increased Trump’s margin of victory over Clinton.

“It’s not over yet,” pledged Stein in a statement.

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