Failed presidential candidate Jill Stein’s recount efforts in Michigan hit a massive snafu Tuesday when the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that the state’s election officials should have never approved her request.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the court described Stein as having “no chance to overturn the result of the presidential election in her favor.”
“The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in our favor, determining that the petition for recount filed by Dr. Jill Stein should have been denied,” Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, said of the court’s decision. “Dr. Stein is not an aggrieved candidate as she has no chance of winning the election in Michigan.”
This, however, was not the end of the story. The Detroit News reported that on the very same day, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling made a day earlier by U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith, who had ruled in favor of Stein’s recount.
Specifically, Goldsmith ordered that Michigan election officials begin a massive hand recount of the state’s 4.8 million presidential ballots.
Because of this conflict between state and federal courts, the recount was continuing.
Speaking with the Detroit Free Press, a spokeswoman for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette claimed that he planned to file a motion in federal court to dissolve the federal ruling and allow the ruling of the state’s own court to take effect.
Moreover, the Michigan Court of Appeals’ ruling did not amount to an order, in that it “did not order (election officials) to stop the recount,” according to Stein’s attorney, Mark Brewer. “All they did was tell the Board (of State Canvassers) to reject the petition.”
The Michigan recount isn’t over — not yet — but it’s not looking very good for Jill Stein and others who are seeking to undercut the validity of the state’s election results with frivolous demands.
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