MI board to hear Trump's challenge to recount effort

Stein issued a statement blasting Trump's petition to stop the recount, calling it a "shameful" and "outrageous" attempt to verify the accuracy, security and integrity of the election.

Stein's campaign has also filed for recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

"We had a schedule and the recount was to begin tomorrow morning which if Friday, December 2nd", said Kennedy. She worded the bill so it would start retroactively and force Stein to pay for the entire cost of the recount.

President-elect Donald Trump from the beginning called the recount effort by Green Party candidate Jill Stein "a scam".

Under Michigan law, the recount is halted when the Board of State Canvassers resolve the objection.

"Despite being a blip on the electoral radar, [Green Party nominee] Stein has now commandeered Michigan's electoral process", said Trump's petition to Michigan's Board of State Canvasser.

The city election board ruled the re-canvass of votes will go forward, but that there's no legal basis for the digital analysis the Stein campaign wants. Clinton lost Wisconsin by about 22,000 votes but the campaign didn't seek a recount itself.

Trump received 2.27 million votes, or 47.5 percent, of the vote to Clinton's 2.26 million votes, or 47.27 percent.

The first day of the recount, which is expected to take just under two weeks, has proceeded smoothly thus far, according to the Elections Commission.

"The decision to pursue a recount was not made in a democratic or a strategic way, nor did it respect the established decision-making processes and structures of the Green Party of the United States (GPUS)", the official press release asserts.

Stein came in fourth with a little over one percent of the vote.

"Paid for by Hillary for America, a grassroots campaign of 3 million donors committed to electing Hillary Clinton (and keeping Donald Trump out of the White House)", reads the disclosure at the bottom of the page.

The state's largest county, Milwaukee, was planning to recount the ballots by feeding them through the same machines that counted them on election night. Michigan's Republican secretary of state, Ruth Johnson, has said a recount could cost $5 million total.

In addition to its regular staff, the county hired another 30 workers to help tally up the ballots.

"You wonder why they are fighting it so hard", said Bob Fitrakis, an Ohio-based attorney who was involved in that state's 2004 presidential recount and has been advising the Green Party in 2016.

Wisconsin election officials have less than two weeks to complete the recount.

Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell walked down the hallway in Madison about an hour before the recount was to begin, bringing coffee for those about to begin the recount. It carries none of the drama that Florida did in 2000, when the outcome of the election between Al Gore and George W. Bush hung in the balance.

Nearly no one expects the outcome to change once the recall is finished.



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