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Hearing ordered in bid for Pennsylvania election recount

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Rufina Vignone | 30 Novembre, 2016, 22:54

Top election officials from the three states President-elect Donald Trump alleged without evidence had "serious voter fraud" ripped the claim as "unfounded" and "unsubstantiated" on Monday.

Trump's win in MI gives the Republican 306 electoral votes to Democrat Hillary Clinton's 232. 70-year-old Trump's win in MI gave him all the 16 electoral votes and took his tally to 306 compared to Clinton's 232. Trump also posted several now-deleted tweets accusing Clinton of hypocrisy for being part of the recount during his Sunday posting.

President-elect Donald Trump has been declared the victor of MI, the final state to officially announce its election results from 8 November.

According to them, this suggests election fraud or hacking of the voting machines, although the recounts will not change the overall election results.

Clinton's attorney argued, like the Green's candidate Jill Stein, that recounting the vote by hand is a superior way to recount votes than optical scanners, which are used in 90 per cent of counties through Wisconsin.

With the victory, Trump's Electoral College total formally surpassed the 300 mark, a feat for a GOP White House hopeful also last achieved by the 41st president.

Last week, Stein launched an initiative to raise $7 million to fund the recount fees in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and MI.

In Michigan, the request goes to the Board of State Canvassers and Trump can challenge the request.

The official said any funds left over would be disbursed according to Federal Elections Commission guidelines.

Republicans say the recount will cost taxpayers far more than the $973,000 Stein must pay when filing her recount petition.

But, as Business Insider notes, this isn't the first time Trump has made baseless claims of widespread voter fraud.

Trump spokesman Jason Miller said Monday that a recount is a waste of time, calling it a fundraising "scam by Jill Stein in an election already conceded". This does not set well with Trump, who clams "millions of people" voted illegally.

Stein has also sought a recount in Pennsylvania on Monday, just hours before the state's deadline, and her campaign said she would file a similar request in MI by its deadline on Wednesday. There was no evidence then, nor now, to substantiate Trump's claim. Others fear that she could use the recount effort to unduly peddle influence by getting donors to shill for certain politicians or political agendas she is aligned with.

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