Hearing ordered in bid for Pennsylvania election recount

Posted at 3:56 PM, Nov 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 15:56:49-05

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A hearing has been scheduled on a Green Party-backed request for a court-ordered recount of Pennsylvania’s Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump.

The order for a Dec. 5 hearing came a day after the campaign of failed Green Party candidate Jill Stein filed the request.

Stein has spearheaded a recount effort in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states that have a history of backing Democrats for president and where Trump won unexpectedly and narrowly over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Stein trailed them significantly.

Stein cites concerns cyberattacks mounted by foreign governments could have altered results tabulated on Pennsylvania’s electronic voting machines.

Meanwhile, voters in the Green Party’s effort are seeking recounts in scores of precincts in Philadelphia and five Pennsylvania counties. Pennsylvania has more than 9,000 precincts.