Yes, she’s still going. The candidate
without a snowball’s chance in hell least likely to have won last month’s president election is still contesting the results, nearly a month later.
And today, Green Party candidate Jill Stein is celebrating a victory of sorts in Michigan, after a judge ordered the recount there to begin.
This comes despite Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s lawsuit to stop a recount. As we reported Friday, Schuette argued,“We have asked the court to end the recount which Stein is pursuing in violation of Michigan laws that protect the integrity of our elections. It is inexcusable for Stein to put Michigan voters at risk of paying millions and potentially losing their voice in the Electoral College in the process.”
Nonetheless, today U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith issued an order Monday morning for the state of Michigan to begin the process of recounting their ballots immediately.
As The Blaze reports:
President-elect Donald Trump won the state by fewer than 10,000 votes out of approximately 5.5 million votes cast. Michigan state law requires that, if a recount occurs, it must be done by hand, and it is unclear how long the recount process will ultimately take.
The reason both sides are arguing so vehemently about recounts in three states that Trump won by relatively small margins likely has to do with the rapidly evaporating timetable for those states to certify their election results in order to meet Electoral College deadlines. The deadline for a state to resolve any controversies and present a final certification of electors is Dec. 13. Electors do not actually cast their votes until Dec. 19, but any slate not finalized and certified by the 13th is not presumed valid by Congress and is subject to challenge.
Goldsmith’s order thus puts Michigan’s 16 Electoral College votes at risk if the state cannot complete a hand recount of every ballot within the next eight days or if Goldsmith’s order is not overturned on appeal.
The recount effort in Michigan has been spearheaded by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who is also leading recount efforts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Though Goldsmith’s order will be frustrating to Trump supporters who understandably want to see Michigan’s Electoral College votes properly counted, the ruling is unlikely to affect the final outcome of the race unless all three states are somehow unable to certify their votes by Dec. 13 — an extraordinarily unlikely scenario.
Even if all three states were unable to certify their votes for Trump, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would also not have the 270 Electoral College votes necessary for an outright victory. The election would then be decided by the House of Representatives, with each state delegation getting one vote. In this scenario, Donald Trump would remain the overwhelming favorite to win the presidency.
So, in other words, all of these efforts — whatever twists and turns they may end up taking — will ultimately conclude with the same result. Donald Trump will remain the duly elected president of the United State.
In the meantime, however, government employees are scrambling to deliver this fool’s errand, as The Detroit Free Press reports:
In light of a federal judge’s ruling shortly after midnight Monday, local clerks were scrambling this morning to gather workers to begin a recount of more than 4.8 million votes cast in the presidential race.
Gosh, seem to recall the state of Michigan had some bigger fish to fry — like safe drinking water for its residents. #Priorities
And let’s not forget that it’s not just Jill Stein who is driving this; she has been joined by Hillary Clinton’s team.
Is there anyone out there who still believes either of these candidates would have been good stewards of our taxpayer resources — prioritizing to serve the people? Seems clearer than ever they are far more concerned with themselves — and more than happy to spend Other People’s Money to further their own personal agendas.
[This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]