Judge blocks precinct recounts in Montgomery County
NORRISTOWN (AP) — A Montgomery County judge is rejecting Green Party-backed requests for recounts of presidential election results in about 78 precincts.
Judge Bernard Moore gave no immediate reason for the rejection Wednesday. Lawyers for the Republican Party and the county argued against the requests during a hearing.
Green Party-inspired voters are seeking similar recounts in scores of precincts in various other counties. Pennsylvania has more than 9,000 precincts.
A Monday hearing is scheduled on a Green Party-backed request for a court-ordered statewide recount of Pennsylvania’s Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump.
Failed Green Party candidate Jill Stein is spearheading a recount effort in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states where Trump won narrowly over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Stein trailed them significantly.
Stein cites concerns that cyberattacks could have altered results tabulated on Pennsylvania’s electronic voting machines.