Michigan appeals court ruled 3-0 that Green Party candidate Jill Stein should not have been allowed to demand a recount because she is not an “aggrieved candidate.” Goldsmith, after hearing arguments from the state Republican Party and GOP attorney general, agreed.
“Because there is no basis for this court to ignore the Michigan court’s ruling and make an independent judgment regarding what the Michigan Legislature intended by the term ‘aggrieved,’ plaintiffs have not shown an entitlement to a recount,” Goldsmith said.
The Stein campaign’s lead lawyers in Michigan said they were “deeply disappointed” with the ruling.
“The history of this country is one where federal courts step in to protect the constitutional voting rights of all Americans, especially when they are under attack in the states,” Hayley Horowitz and Jessica Clarke said in a statement.
“Well today, they are under brutal attack.”
They called the president-elect’s efforts to suppress the vote recount a “stunning about-face, even by Trump’s own standards.”
“Recounts are not about politics or parties; they are about our democracy,” the statement said.
“By stopping the recount in Michigan, Trump and Michigan Republicans are explicitly stripping the constitutional rights of Michigan voters straight from under them. Worse, they are continuing to undermine confidence in the American political system by denying voters a chance to be reassured that the election results were accurate.”