US Judge to Hear Arguments in Pennsylvania Election Recount

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
December 6, 2016 Updated: December 6, 2016

A federal judge is ordering a hearing on a Green Party-backed bid to force a recount of Pennsylvania’s presidential election result. Green Party lawyers also want permission to examine election system computers for any evidence of hacking.

U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond scheduled the hearing for Friday.

Also Tuesday, Pennsylvania election officials updated the state’s vote count to show Republican Donald Trump’s lead shrinking to about 44,000 over Democrat Hillary Clinton out of more than 6 million votes cast.

A state spokeswoman says 15 provisional ballots remain uncounted.

Green Party lawyers haven’t produced evidence of hacking but call Pennsylvania’s election system “a national disgrace.” The Republican Party and Trump oppose a recount.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has spearheaded a recount effort in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, states where Trump won narrowly over Clinton.