Even as various major news outlets continue to incorrectly report that third party candidate Jill Stein has abandoned her effort to force a statewide recount in Pennsylvania, it turns out the precise opposite is true. After the state tried to hit her with a million dollar bond on Saturday, she did withdraw her case from state court. But instead she’s now embarking on a two pronged strategy which “will continue to fight for a statewide recount” according to her own recent posting. Both her new strategies have been revealed, and she’s severely escalating the legal battle.
Jill Stein announced on her official Facebook page just before midnight on Saturday that she withdrew from the current case against Pennsylvania in order to instead fight the battle in front of a federal judge. She states that on Monday she will “file for emergency relief in federal court, demanding a statewide recount on constitutional grounds.” Stein believes that she’ll have better luck in U.S. court, after the state court in Pennsylvania appeared to trying to help state officials to sabotage the recount effort. But this only half of Stein’s new strategy.
As we reported several hours ago even as most major news outlets were incorrectly claiming she had given up, Jill Stein is now embarking on a targeted strategy to prompt individual Pennsylvania counties to conduct recounts. Voluntary revisions from various counties in the state have already shaved more than 23,000 votes off Donald Trump’s statewide lead. If it falls by another roughly 20,000 votes due to local recounts, then Pennsylvania state law will force an automatic statewide recount.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report