Michigan Recount Could Cost Taxpayers $4 Million
Green party candidate Jill Stein filed a request for recount Wednesday in the state of Michigan, following through on her promise to pursue recounts in three states that delivered the election to President-elect Donald Trump.
Stein requested a hand recount of the state’s presidential election ballots, a process that will take a tremendous amount of resources in order to a Dec. 13 deadline. (See Official Recount Request here, courtesy of the Detroit News)
Michigan’s Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said that the cost of a recount of the 4.8 million ballots could total $5 million. Stein’s attorneys submitted a $973,250 check at the state Bureau of Elections Wednesday (the legally required fee for a recount), leaving the remaining cost on state and county governments.
Michigan election officials released the official vote totals Monday, after a lengthy process to certify the Nov. 8th results. (RELATED: Michigan Officially Certifies Results As Officials Prepare For Recount)
Donald Trump received 2,279,543 votes, while former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, received 2,268,839 votes. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received 172,136 votes, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein hauled in 51,463 votes.
The Wisconsin recount is underway, with state officials racing against the clock in order to complete the recount in time to have it’s electoral votes certified when the Electoral College meets Dec. 19. Proponents of the recount effort argue that Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic-voting machines compared with counties that used optical scanners/paper ballots. The group of concerned academics and lawyers claim that Clinton may have been denied as many as 30,000 votes (she lost Wisconsin by 27,000 votes).
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