Jill Stein Drops Pennsylvania Recount Effort Over Expenses

Jill Stein Drops Pennsylvania Recount Effort Over Expenses

On Saturday night, the Green Party-backed voters dropped a court case that had sought to force a statewide recount in Pennsylvania. He cited as a potential red flag the fact that more than 75,000 MI ballots included no vote for president. The recount that began Thursday was requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Citing a major cost placed on voters due to a court ruling that says the voters requesting the recount must pay a $1 million bond, Stein also said she will be making a "major announcement" regarding her next steps in the recount process at a 10 a.m news conference Monday outside Trump Tower in NY.

Republican Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by 10,704 votes, or two-tenths of a percentage point, in MI.

Meanwhile, Michigan's appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday on a Trump request to halt the recount.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has spearheaded a recount effort in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states where Republican Donald Trump won narrowly over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Stein's "Rally for the Recount" conference was slated to begin at 10 a.m. EST in front of Trump Tower on the northeast corner of 5 Ave and W. 56 Street in NY. The news conference had a circus-like atmosphere, as some of President-elect Donald Trump's supporters heckled Stein. A recount is already underway in Wisconsin and a judge ordered MI to start its recount by noon on Monday.

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The lawsuit was filed Monday morning in Philadelphia against state elections officials.

Trump alleged Stein's call for Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania to review their election results is a "scam" orchestrated by the former presidential hopeful. It had wanted to explore whether voting machines and systems had been hacked and the election result manipulated.

Stein, represented by Southfield attorney Mark Brewer, is seeking a court order to start the recount immediately.

A recount is already underway in Wisconsin, where the first reporting of numbers is expected Friday.

Stein raised almost $7 million to fund the recount efforts, following news that security experts alerted Clinton's campaign to the possibility of hacks in key counties in those states. In Nevada, a partial recount of the race was requested by independent presidential candidate Roque De La Fuente. The move increases the chances that the state could complete the count ahead of a December 13 deadline.