Federal judge blocks Stein's recount effort in Pennsylvania

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has blocked Jill Stein’s request for a recount of the state’s presidential election results.

U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond said in his ruling that the Green Party nominee's concerns of potential hacking "borders on irrational," according to the Boston Globe.


‘‘Most importantly, there is no credible evidence that any ‘hack’ occurred, and compelling evidence that Pennsylvania’s voting system was not in any way compromised,’’ Diamond wrote in his decision.

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Stein earlier this month filed a lawsuit in a Pennsylvania federal court as part of her push for a statewide recount in the presidential race.

Her complaint alleged that Pennsylvania's elections operation is "a national disgrace."

"Voters are forced to use vulnerable, hackable, antiquated technology banned in other states, then rely on the kindness of machines," the complaint said.

"There is no paper trail. Voting machines are electoral black sites: no one permits voters or candidates to examine them."

The recount in Pennsylvania is part of a larger effort by the Green Party nominee, who has also filed for recounts in Michigan and Wisconsin — three states where Trump won by narrow margins.

On Friday, Michigan's Supreme Court denied Stein's appeal to keep her recount effort alive. The state's highest court ruled to reject Stein's appeal, days after the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Stein was not eligible to pursue a recount.

Stein has been demanding recounts, saying the American people deserve to have a voting system they can trust.

—Rebecca Savransky contributed.