Judge blocks precinct recounts in Montgomery County

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A Montgomery County judge is rejecting Green Party-backed requests for recounts of presidential election results in about 78 precincts.

Judge Bernard Moore gave no immediate reason for the rejection Tuesday, and a lawyer for voters who made the requests says he didn’t know yet whether they’ll appeal.

Voters are seeking recounts in scores of precincts in various counties. Pennsylvania has more than 9,000 precincts.

A Monday hearing is scheduled on a Green Party-backed request for a court-ordered statewide recount of Pennsylvania’s Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump.

Failed Green Party candidate Jill Stein is spearheading a recount effort in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states where Trump won narrowly over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Stein trailed them significantly.

Stein cites concerns that cyberattacks could have altered results tabulated on Pennsylvania’s electronic voting machines.

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