PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Green Party-backed lawyers representing presidential candidate Jill Stein will not be able to pursue a forensic examination of voting machines in Philadelphia.
After hearing oral arguments, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Abbe Fletman denied the appeal. She affirmed the city commissioner’s decision to reject the request by Jill Stein’s lawyers for a forensic audit, to look into the software of voting machines.READ MORE: Several People Injured After Tree Falls During West Philadelphia High School Reunion Party At Fairmount Park
After Stein’s supporters filed affadavits for the recount, elections officials checked out 75 of 1,686 city voting divisions. While a deputy city solicitor told the judge “there was no evidence of any discrepancies,” but Stein attorney Ilann Maazel responded, “If you go to the same doctor twice, ten times, or 100 times you get the same opinion.”READ MORE: Man Struck, Killed By Vehicle In Northeast Philadelphia: Police
“We need to get behind the machine into the software, to make sure they weren’t tampered with, to make sure there’s no malware, to make sure that they weren’t hacked,” Maazel said.
Stein’s lawyers will have another shot in a wider push for a statewide recount during a Friday afternoon hearing before a federal court judge.MORE NEWS: Eagles Fans Excited For Season To Start Following Open Practice At Lincoln Financial Field
Lawyers for the Republican Party backing President-elect Donald Trump warn any protracted litigation could “wreak havoc on the election process.” Under federal election law in this cycle, states must settle any lingering election disputes and certify their votes by next Tuesday.