Michigan's largest county starts its recount

The recount is more than 82 percent complete in Wisconsin, and Clinton has gained just 61 votes on Trump, who won the state by more than 22,000 votes.

Stein has spearheaded a recount effort in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin - three battleground states where Donald Trump narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton.

The presidential recount effort in Michigan is a go and although some of the larger counties in the state began recounting ballots Monday, it won't be until the weekend when votes are retabulated in Northeast Michigan.

The proceeding will take place just five days before the December 13 federal deadline for the state to certify its votes - setting up a tight window for the examination should the judge allow it to proceed.

A federal judge in Pennsylvania was holding a hearing Friday afternoon to consider whether that recount can even begin. The court said she finished fourth in the election and doesn't qualify as an "aggrieved" candidate under MI law.

A federal judge dissolved [text, PDF] the decision from earlier this week and halted the MI recount on Wednesday.

The Michigan elections board has ordered an immediate halt to the presidential recount if a federal judge lifts his previous order that the recount occur. More than 20 counties started recounting ballots, and more were poised to start Thursday.

In his ruling Wednesday, Goldsmith said "there is no basis" for him to ignore a state court ruling that said the recount should never had started.

Calling Pennsylvania's election system "a national disgrace", Green Party-backed lawyers asked Diamond on Monday to order a recount of the state's November 8 presidential election result, won by Republican Donald Trump.

A statement from the Stein campaign shortly after said it will file a lawsuit in federal court Monday seeking a statewide recount.

If Stein's efforts fail decisively in any one of the three states, the chances for overturning Trump's victory disappear.

A recount began Thursday in Wisconsin, while a recount could begin soon in MI. But Stein's attorney, Mark Brewer, insisted the recount isn't over.

Green Party lawyers haven't produced evidence of hacking but call Pennsylvania's election system "a national disgrace".

Stay with Northern Michigan's News Leader as work to bring you the latest details on Michigan's presidential recount both on air and online.

Peterson added that the statewide recount has so far revealed no irregularities, AP reported.

Stein is expected to speak at a "Recount Rally" taking place outside the Trump Tower at 10 a.m. Monday morning.

"But ultimately it is up to the local clerk's office", says Woodhams, "and they're the ones who are responsible for running elections and hiring the precinct workers".

Wayne County's recount got underway Tuesday at a Detroit convention hall.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says the issue might end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. Stein received only about 1 percent of the vote in each. But while Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton picked up five additional votes, the totals for Trump did not change.

A federal appeals court upheld the MI recount that's been under way since Monday in an opinion issued late Tuesday, just moments before a state appeals court issued an opinion saying the recount should never have been allowed to begin.

Also Tuesday, a Republican-controlled committee approved legislation that would require candidates who lose by more than 5 percentage points to pay 100 per cent of the estimated recount cost. She has suggested, with no evidence, that votes cast were susceptible to computer hacking. That is still shy of Pennsylvania's 0.5 per cent trigger for an automatic statewide recount. In Nevada, a partial recount of the race was requested by independent presidential candidate Roque De La Fuente.

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