Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has dropped her lawsuit requesting a recount in Pennsylvania, citing inability to post a $1 million bond set by the judge. That means her quest for a full, statewide recount of the presidential votes in PA is over.
According to court documents filed today, Stein’s campaign dropped its Pennsylvania lawsuit as it continues to seek recounts in Michigan and Wisconsin — all three states won by President-elect Donald Trump. Attorneys representing Stein wrote in a Pennsylvania court filing: “Petitioners are regular citizens of ordinary means. They cannot afford to post the $1,000,000 bond required by the Court. Accordingly, kindly mark the above captioned matter withdrawn and discontinued.”
Stein’s lawyer, Lawrence Otter of Bucks County, filed a lawsuit in Harrisburg’s Commonwealth Court asking for a full recount of every Pennsylvania county. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of at least 100 state voters who believe “that there is a legitimate and good faith basis to contest the Presidential Election in the Commonwealth.”
Stein’s lawyer listed several reasons for the need to contest the election: the findings of data scientist Alex Halderman, the DNC hacks, alleged hacks in Illinois and Arizona and discontinuity between pre-election polls and the results. The voters who are part of the lawsuit stated they also want a recount to determine whether any hacking of Pennsylvania’s electronic voting machines took place.
The Pennsylvania GOP issued a statement in response to today’s filing, saying “it was done for media attention.”
They wrote: “The November 8, 2016 Election produced a clear winner, Donald Trump, and the actions of Ms. Stein and her supporters to create the fear of chaos by making baseless accusations of the hacking of voting machines in Pennsylvania were an insult to all Pennsylvania voters.”