Judge Shuts Down Jill Stein’s Hand Recount Scheme


Judge shuts down Stein’s recount scheme.

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The Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein pushed hard for an election recount in several states. Wisconsin agreed, but then Stein demanded that the recount be done by hand, claiming that a manual recount would be more accurate than one done by machine. When the state Elections Commission rejected her, Stein sued, and was joined by Hillary Clinton in the legal effort. It is assumed by most that Hillary was hoping to gain votes, which could ultimately affect the election.  After a four-hour hearing on Tuesday evening, however, the court ruled against her.

The state argued that there was no reason to order the entire state to recount the votes by hand, saying there was no evidence that it would be more accurate. Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn agreed, after Stein’s own experts were unable to show that the computer systems had been hacked.

After days of recounting. The votes are in, and Hillary gained…wait for it. NO votes.  Obviously whoever rigged this election didn’t do a very good job. In fact, no one gained any votes. Here’s the facts and what’s been found so far:

Trump defeated Clinton in Wisconsin’s initial tally by about one percent, or just over 22,000 votes. Nevertheless, Green Party candidate Jill Stein (who finished a very distant fourth)  demanded the full recount after suggesting fraud or technological glitches may have swayed the results. In response to Stein’s demand, Wisconsin began recounting all its ballots Thursday.

But the first results to emerge suggest the final tally will be rather close to the original one. Only Menominee County, home to the Menominee Indian Reservation, fully reported its recounted results on the first day. It found 17 extra votes for Stein and 12 for Libertarian Gary Johnson, while removing two votes from Trump and one from Clinton.

Stein down 17 votes (OUCH!)
Gary Johnson down 12
Trump down 2
Clinton down 1

“I follow the law. That’s who I am despite my personal opinions,” Judge Bailey-Rihn said. “It’s (the counties’) decision. It’s their discretion. I may disagree with it, but I must follow the law.”

 

Jill Stein continues to insist that she wants to pursue the recounts, demanding a change in voting infrastructure. But her recounts, like the twenty-seven that have preceded this recount since 2000, would likely make the opposite point. Even the Florida debacle in 2000 changed the results by 0.022 percent, just about the same percentage as in 2008’s Minnesota recount. It would take ten times that kind of scale to flip Michigan, and thirty times that scale to flip Wisconsin. In order to make a difference Jill Stein’s recount would have to swings votes on a ridiculous scale. According to Judge James Peterson the recounts will continue until Dec.9th but no hand recount is necessary.

 

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Now step aside and let the man do his job.


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