In Pennsylvania, the Stein campaign said late Saturday it had dropped its case in state courts and will instead petition federal courts to order a statewide recount, Fox News reported.
Stein, the Green Party's candidate for president, has sought recounts in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin - three states that have traditionally leaned Democratic in presidential elections but were won by Trump, a Republican, en route to his victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton last month. "By demanding a $1 million bond from voters yesterday, the court made clear it has no interest in giving a fair hearing to these voters' legitimate concerns over the accuracy, security and fairness of an election tainted by suspicion".
The abrupt halt to the campaign's effort comes less than one week after Stein asked a Pennsylvania court to approve a statewide recount, contending the November 8 election was "illegal" and the results inaccurate. Green Party-backed efforts to force recounts and analyze election software in scattered precincts were continuing.
"Still, the recount continues and we will fight to ensure the civil and voting rights of all citizens are protected", she said.
Chris Thomas testified Sunday in U.S. District Court in Detroit about the difficulty of a recount if it starts two business days following certification of the election. The court's order can be read here.
Stein requested the recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania after a prominent group of election attorneys and computer scientists, including University of Michigan computer science professor J. Alex Halderman, claimed to have uncovered "persuasive evidence" that the election results in the three battleground states could have been hacked.
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In parallel efforts, Wisconsin's recount began on Thursday and another one in MI could begin as early as this week although it has become mired in legal challenges.
GOP lawyer Lawrence Tabas said Saturday the case had been meant "solely for purposes to delay the Electoral College vote in Pennsylvania for President-Elect Trump".
Republican lawyers also argued that the case has threatened the state's ability to certify its presidential electors by the December 13 federal deadline. Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortes, a Democrat who is the state's top election official, said there is no sign of any cyberattacks or irregularities in the state's election. State and county officials did not expect any outstanding uncounted votes to change the outcome of the presidential election in Pennsylvania.
"No voter in America should be forced to pay thousands of dollars to know if her or his vote was counted".
Trump beat Clinton by about 49,500 votes, or a full percentage point, in Pennsylvania.
"On Monday, I will escalate #Recount2016 in PA and file to demand a statewide recount on constitutional grounds". The lawsuit named the State Board of Canvassers and Michigan Director of Elections Chris Thomas as defendants.