The Michigan recount that Green Party’s Jill Stein has been pushing for, and actually got going, was suddenly halted Wednesday evening after a federal judge lifted the order that allowed the recount to happen in the first place.
According to the Associated Press:
A federal judge who ordered Michigan to start recounting presidential votes has dropped his decision, effectively ending a second look at ballots statewide.
Judge Mark Goldsmith acted Wednesday night, a day after the state appeals court said the Green Party candidate isn’t eligible to seek a recount of millions of vote cast Nov. 8.
Earlier Wednesday, the Michigan elections board said the recount would end if Goldsmith extinguished his earlier order.
It was Goldsmith’s midnight ruling Monday that started the recount in Michigan. But his order dealt with timing — not whether a recount was appropriate. More than 20 counties so far are recounting ballots, and some are finished.
The state appeals court said Tuesday that Jill Stein doesn’t qualify as an “aggrieved” candidate under state law because she got only 1 percent of the Michigan vote and can’t win with a recount. Stein is appealing to the Michigan Supreme Court.
Just yesterday, we ran a story about Stein’s fight for the recount. According to elector Michael Baca:
“GIVEN WHAT’S AT STAKE, WE HAVE BEEN OUTREACHING TO EVERYONE WE CAN INCLUDING ELECTORS, VARIOUS MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES, AND THE MEDIA. ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRING THINGS ABOUT THIS ENTIRE PROCESS IS HOW WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED SUCH PATRIOTISM FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND MUCH WILLINGNESS TO UNITE FOR AMERICA.”
Don’t let this deter you from the goal. Don’t be afraid to make some noise and stir things up. We have to put an end to the Trump Administration!