Trump backers ask courts to halt or prevent recounts

Trump backers ask courts to halt or prevent recounts

But in an e-mail exchange, Goldfeder, who was a member of Hillary Clinton's New York Leadership Council, noted that opposition to the recounts is probably unnecessary since, as he put it, Stein's efforts appear to be "futile". Republican lawyers filed a motion that was posted on the court's website Friday accusing Stein of engaging in legal antics and saying her recount request endangers Pennsylvania's ability to certify its electors by the federal deadline.

"From strongest to weakest where strongest means most likely to stop the recount effort, I would rate them Pennsylvania, then MI, then Wisconsin", Edward Foley, an election law expert at Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law, said, though he cautioned that it's hard to predict exactly what will happen.

Both Midwestern states were crucial to Trump's election victory.

MI state attorney general Bill Schuette filed a lawsuit yesterday to stop a scheduled recount in his state, saying Stein received far too few votes to necessitate a recount.

Two pro-Trump political action committees and a Wisconsin voter on Thursday filed a lawsuit and a request for a temporary restraining order seeking to stop the recount, arguing that it was an unconstitutional violation of the Constitutional rights of people who had voted for Trump.

Stein has argued, without evidence, that irregularities in the votes in all three states suggest that there could have been tampering with the vote, perhaps through a well-coordinated, highly complex cyberattack.

Recounting all of the state's votes "threatens to silence all MI votes for president" because of an impending federal deadline to finalise the state's results, he said in a statement.

In Bucks County, for example, Hillary Clinton's lead over Trump grew from 1,988 votes on the night of November 8 to 2,699 votes as of Friday.

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The Green party candidate requested recounts in the three states on behalf of a coalition of election security experts, who were concerned that the electoral process could have been disrupted by foreign hackers.

President-elect Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit to stop an election recount in MI that is scheduled to begin next week. His margin of victory in MI was even slimmer, at about 10,700 votes out of 4.8 million cast. US District Judge James Peterson scheduled a hearing for Dec 9 to consider whether to halt the recount at that time. It's still shy of Pennsylvania's 0.5 percent trigger for an automatic statewide recount.

An updated count Friday by Pennsylvania election officials showed Trump's lead over Clinton in that state had shrunk to 49,000 from 71,000, as more counties wrap up final tallies.

The recount, which will cost Wisconsin taxpayers more than $3 million. will continue despite efforts by the Trump campaign to squash it.

Supporters of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump attend a USA Thank You Tour event at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., December 1, 2016. The Wisconsin recount is underway. Stein's statements emphasized that the recount's objective is to verify the vote and showcase vote count problems, including the possibility the machinery malfunctioned or was hacked.

In Pennsylvania, a hearing is scheduled for Monday on Stein's push to secure a court-ordered statewide recount there.

If states miss the deadline, Congress would allot their electoral votes.

Recounts aren't expected to flip almost enough votes to change the outcome in any of the three states. Stein got about 1 percent of the vote in all three states.

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