Philadelphia OKs targeted recount, rejects software analysis

FILE: Shown are voting machines to be used in the 2016 presidential election, in Philadelphia, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia elections officials will recount presidential election results in 75 precincts, but are rejecting an attached Green Party request to inspect election software for virus-borne malware that could have manipulated votes.

Thursday's decision comes amid a broader push by failed Green Party candidate Jill Stein for statewide recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states Republican Donald Trump won narrowly over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The Green Party is also seeking a court-ordered statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election.

But Green Party lawyers say simply recounting votes without inspecting election software won't determine whether cyberattacks altered results tabulated on Pennsylvania's electronic voting machines.

Lehigh County also refused a forensic analysis of election software. A recount of six precincts there turned up a few previously uncounted votes. Philadelphia has nearly 1,700 precincts.
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