HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Green Party-backed group wants a Pennsylvania court to order a recount of the state’s Nov. 8 presidential election result. But it’s unclear if the courts have that authority.
Court papers filed Monday cite an affidavit by a University of Michigan computer scientist stating results produced by electronic voting machines could’ve been manipulated by malware. They say they may supplement their evidence with the results of various precinct-level recounts being pursued by Green Party-backed voters.
Republican Donald Trump edged Democrat Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania. Green Party candidate Jill Stein trailed them significantly.
Democratic Secretary of State Pedro Cortes says there’s no evidence of voting irregularities or cyberattacks on Pennsylvania’s electronic voting machines.
A Republican lawyer says the courts lack authority to order a statewide recount. Cortes says he’s also unaware of such authority.
Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding the challenging of the vote count:
“Today an Election Contest petition was filed in Commonwealth Court by supporters of Jill Stein seeking to challenge the victory of Donald Trump in the election for President in Pennsylvania this year. General Counsel has reviewed the Election Contest and said it is totally and completely without any merit. It does not even allege any facts to support its wild claim that the ‘discontinuity’ of pre-election polls reported by the media showing that Hillary Clinton would win and the actual results could only have occurred through computer hacking originated by a foreign government.
“This desperate act by Jill Stein and those supporting her is a sad commentary on the failure of some to accept the results of the will of the people as reflected by their votes.”