UPDATE: Federal Judge Mark Goldsmith just killed the Michigan recount
Jill Stein’s statements extolling the sanctity of the vote relate only to her imagined right to conduct unwarranted recounts; she cares not whether those voting are actually eligible to vote. In fact, she opposes making sure they are. She told WEDT: “Right now, people are being stripped of their right to vote through voter ID; through these interstate cross-check laws.”
In PA, she sued for a forensic examination of a sampling of the election results, but she demands no audit of a sample of those who’ve voted to see if they are citizens, are dead or have voted in more than one state. Yet, the Wall Street Journal said: “A post-election survey conducted by Americas Majority Foundation found that 2.1% of noncitizens voted in the Nov. 8 election.”; Moreover, “a 2012 Pew study found that 1.8 million registered voters are dead” and “about 2.8 million people are registered in more than one state.”
The scam in Michigan
The Detroit News reported that Stein said: “The more than 75,000 blank votes in Michigan’s presidential results were a ‘red flag’ that fueled her desire to seek a statewide hand recount of 4.8 million ballots.” According to the paper, there were 75,335 ballots cast without a vote for president.
This number, according to Stein, was the most amazing phenomenon since the Big Bang: during a November 30th interview on WDET radio’s “Detroit Today, she said that was a “very high level of undervotes, that is, blank ballots…. This was kind of breaking the records; going through the roof.”
Though it was a higher percentage than in the previous two presidential elections, it wasn’t unusual at all. That’s only 1.6 percent of the total 4.8 million ballots cast. And the 75,335 were not just people who voted the down ballot but didn’t vote for president; it also includes those who marked both presidential choices.
In Bush v. Gore (2000), the Supreme Court said:
“Nationwide statistics reveal that an estimated 2% of ballots cast do not register a vote for President for whatever reason, including deliberately choosing no candidate at all or some voter error, such as voting for two candidates or insufficiently marking a ballot.” [Emphasis added.]
A report by The Detroit News proved far more than 1.6 percent had a motive for not making a presidential choice:
“In pre-election polls … 57 percent of Michigan voters surveyed had an unfavorable view of Clinton and 59 percent had an unfavorable opinion of Trump.”
It would be enlightening to read Bush v. Gore, and witness the wide range of violations of that clause that can arise when human beings invade the sanctity of a vote that’s already been counted. Recounts should therefore be avoided, whenever possible. In 2000, the election was extremely close, necessitating a recount, but that is not the case today.
Michigan recount may be halted
Update by editor: It was halted but there is confusion and new reports claim they are still recounting. A federal judge tied to Barack Obama has ordered the recount continue. Another hearing is currently underway.
The Michigan Court of Appeals agreed that Jill Stein is not an aggrieved candidate and the recount must stop.
— A.G. Bill Schuette (@SchuetteOnDuty) December 7, 2016
In her petition to the Board of State Canvassers in Michigan, Jill Stein claimed she was “aggrieved on account of fraud or mistake in the canvass of the votes.” Yet, she had won about 1 percent of the vote, while the top two candidates won over 47 percent. So, a recount has zero chance of changing her status. In fact, Tuesday night, December 6th, the Michigan Court of Appeal held that she “was not an aggrieved party,…” the Board of State Canvassers should not have approved Stein’s petition at all, and ordered the Board to “reject the Nov. 30, 2016 petition of candidate Stein that precipitated the current recount process.”
However, the recount had already started, pursuant to a federal lawsuit launched by Stein. Federal judge Mark Goldsmith had ruled in her favor Sunday night: the Michigan recount must begin at noon on Monday, rather than wait the statutory two business days.
Goldsmith also ordered the recount “must continue until further order of this court.” However, it’s believed that a clause in his decision allows the recount to be halted now that the Michigan Court of Appeal has ruled the recount was illegal from the start. A hearing is set for 9:30AM in federal court on Wednesday, December 7th to accomplish this.
Stein spreads election fraud phobia
Stein says repeatedly that voters are concerned that our system is vulnerable to hacking, when in fact, her relentless public statements are generating that concern—along with hefty contributions. But she and her allies offered no evidence that hacking actually occurred, instead they intended to fish for that evidence in the recounts.
A typical Stein alarmism is this one, from her federal lawsuit in Pennsylvania:
“A majority of machines voted for Donald Trump in Pennsylvania. But who did the people vote for? Absent this Court’s intervention, Pennsylvanians will never know that truth.”
The scam in Pennsylvania
Stein dropped her state lawsuit in Pennsylvania after a judge ordered her to put up a $1 million-dollar bond, and filed a federal lawsuit Monday demanding a Pennsylvania recount. PhillyVoice.com reported that her complaint called the Pennsylvania election system:
“A national disgrace, us[ing] vulnerable, hackable, antiquated technology banned in other states….” It demands “a recount of all paper ballots cast in counties using optical scan voting machines,” and… “a forensic examination of a sampling of the results recorded by the other type of machine used in Pennsylvania.”
Ballotpedia shows that “other type of machine” refers to Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) machines. Ballotpedia also shows no less than 29 other states use DRE machines.
Recounts results in Pennsylvania’s largest counties may doom federal suit
Ms. Stein duped a number of Pennsylvanians into asking for recounts in their precincts. The results are in, for PA’s largest two counties. In Philadelphia County, Clinton gained 5 votes, reported the Daily Caller; and in Lehigh County, which contains Pittsburgh, Clinton gained no new votes at all.
This meager result casts a pall over her prospects with the federal suit to recount all of Pennsylvania.