Sunday, December 2, 2018

Jill Stein’s Pennsylvania Recount Lawsuit Results in Settlement Eliminating Vote-Counting Machines with No Paper Trail

Ballot Access News

Pennsylvania state officials have settled the lawsuit Jill Stein v Cortes, e.d., 2:16cv-6287, so that the state will give up using vote-counting machines that don’t have a paper trail. The settlement was approved on November 29 by the U.S. District Court that had been handling the case. The only two plaintiffs in this case have been Stein, Green Party presidential nominee in 2016, and a Pennsylvania voter, Randall Reitz.
This is the same lawsuit in which Stein also challenged the Pennsylvania laws that made it virtually impossible for her to obtain a recount of the Pennsylvania election results in November 2016. That part of the case was dropped earlier this year. Pennsylvania recount law requires a notarized petition of three voters inside each precinct for which a recount is sought. This is extremely difficult for a statewide recount request.
Until this settlement, 72% of Pennsylvania voters live in counties with no paper trail. Some counties did have a paper trail. Each county decides for itself which kinds of machine to use.
Here is the Complaint which Stein filed December 5, 2016, to initiate the lawsuit. The U.S. District Court will keep jurisdiction of the case to make sure the state complies with the settlement.

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