Michigan ends its presidential vote recount, which seals 16 electoral votes to president-elect Donald Trump.
Judge, Mark A. Goldsmith, ordered the recount take place after Trump’s narrow victory over Clinton. Just three days later he issued a ruling to put a halt to the recount. Jill Stein’s representatives plan to pursue alternate legal avenues in Michigan. The Green Party’s presidential nominee initially called for recounts in three states, one of which was Michigan.
Stein has expressed great concern over computer hacking and unreliable voting machines. However, Michigan Republicans claim that a recount would have not changed the outcome of the election.
On Tuesday, a state Court of appeals decision agreed with these concerns from Michigan Republicans. The following day, Judge Goldsmith did not ignore the court’s decision.
“The issues that plaintiffs raise are serious indeed,” Judge Goldsmith said. “The vulnerability of our system of voting poses the threat of a potentially devastating attack on the integrity of our election system. But invoking a court’s aid to remedy that problem in the manner plaintiffs have chosen — seeking a recount as an audit of the election to test whether the vulnerability led to actual compromise of the voting system — has never been endorsed by any court and would require, at a minimum, evidence of significant fraud or mistake — and not speculative fear of them. Such evidence has not been presented here.”
While Stein and her representatives are disappointed by this decision, they have no intention of conceding.