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Lehigh County Board of Elections to hold meeting on recount

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A Green Party-backed group wants a Pennsylvania court to order a recount of the state's November 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump. Now, the Lehigh County Board of Elections will hold a meeting on Wednesday in Allentown.

At the meeting, officials will discuss the purpose of recanvassing the results of ballots cast for six districts: Lower Macungie 5th, Emmaus 6th, Weisenberg, South Whitehall 6th, Allentown 17-2 and Lynn New Tripoli in the November 8, 2016, general election.

Court papers filed Monday cite an affidavit by a University of Michigan computer scientist stating that results produced by electronic voting machines could've been manipulated by malware.

Election law specialist Larry Otter, who made the filing, said it's unprecedented in Pennsylvania. He said the evidence may be supplemented with the results of various precinct-level recounts being pursued by Green Party-backed voters.

A Republican Party lawyer called the filing meritless, and Democratic Secretary of State Pedro Cortes said there's no evidence of election irregularities or cyber attacks on Pennsylvania's electronic voting machines.

Trump edged Democrat Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania. Green Party candidate Jill Stein trailed them significantly.

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