December 4, 2016

The Green Party dropped its initial case for a statewide recount in Pennsylvania in court documents released Saturday, but early Sunday the Green Party nominee spearheading the recount campaign, Jill Stein, said she will instead file suit in federal court demanding a recount on constitutional grounds.

On "Monday the Stein campaign will escalate our campaign in Pennsylvania and file for emergency relief in federal court, demanding a statewide recount on constitutional grounds," said a statement released around midnight.

Pennsylvania required a $1 million bond to advance the recount under Stein's previous strategy. Her recount push has also been hit with lawsuits in Michigan and Wisconsin, and critics have charged the whole project is pointless given electoral realities. Bonnie Kristian

November 27, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday and Sunday to label recount efforts underway in Wisconsin and possibly Michigan and Pennsylvania a "scam" that will change "nothing" about the election results. Trump critiqued Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who is funding the recount project, as well as Hillary Clinton, whose campaign announced Saturday they would participate in any recounts Stein arranges. Sunday morning, Trump devoted several posts to highlighting Clinton's criticism of his own past interest in recounts.

The full quote Trump shared over the course of several tweets dates from the third presidential debate:

"That is horrifying. That's not the way our democracy works. We've been around 240 years. We've had free and fair elections, and we've accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them and that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during a general election. President Obama said the other day that when you're whining before the game is even finished it just shows you're not even up to doing the job." [Clinton, via YouTube]

Top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway also blasted the recount plan, calling its supporters a "pack of sore losers." "After asking Mr. Trump and his team a million times on the trail, 'Will HE accept the election results?' it turns out Team Hillary and their new BFF Jill Stein can't accept reality," she said.

Stein pushed back against the Trump team Saturday afternoon, telling CNN her goal is to drive home "that having a secure elections process benefits us all," inviting participation from Trump, Clinton, and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Bonnie Kristian

November 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton's campaign will participate in the Green Party-instigated presidential recount in Wisconsin, campaign counsel Marc Elias said Saturday.

"Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise [the recount] option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides," Elias wrote in a statement at Medium. "If [Green Party candidate] Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well."

The statement also detailed five steps the Clinton camp has taken in recent weeks "to rule in or out any possibility of outside interference in the vote tally in these critical battleground states." Were the recounts to flip all three states to Clinton — an unlikely prospect — she could unseat President-elect Donald Trump. Bonnie Kristian

November 26, 2016

The state election board of Wisconsin agreed Friday to a recount of presidential votes at the request of the Green Party's candidate, Jill Stein. "We demand voting systems that are accurate, secure, and accountable to the people," Stein said of her recount project. "This is part of a larger commitment to election reform that our campaign and the Green Party has long stood for, which includes open debates, an end to voter ID laws and voter suppression, and ranked choice voting."

The recount will be completed by Dec. 13 and will be paid for by Stein's campaign. Though the state has yet to declare an exact fee, it is expected to be about $1 million, and the Stein campaign has raised nearly $5 million to fund recount efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

If all three states flipped to Democrat Hillary Clinton — an unlikely prospect — she could defeat President-elect Donald Trump. As post-election vote counts continued, Clinton has accumulated about 2 million more votes than Trump, but she still lost the Electoral College. Bonnie Kristian

See More Speed Reads