Michigan Recount Back On…For Now
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Michigan's elections board has deadlocked on President-elect Donald Trump's request to prevent a recount, which means it will start next Tuesday or Wednesday unless the courts intervene. Two Republicans voted today to prevent the recount, while two Democrats said it should proceed. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette asked the state Supreme Court today to intervene and stop the recount. That motion is pending.
Recounts have to be completed by December 19th or a state’s electoral votes might not be counted.
Things are currently on hold in Calhoun County but Clerk-Register Anne Norlander says they’re ready to start counting, as soon as they get official word.
A Wisconsin recount is underway, though Trump's supporters have filed a federal lawsuit trying to stop it. In Pennsylvania, Trump is asking a court to dismiss Green Party Candidate Jill Stein's recount request.
Daily Election Recount Summary
Here's a summary of what happened today regarding the statewide recount of the Nov. 8 presidential election requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein:
- The State Board of Canvassers did not accept an objection from representatives of Donald J. Trump regarding the presidential election recount that was requested by Stein.
- Under Michigan law, the recount will now start after the second business day following the board’s decision. That’s likely going to be Wednesday, Dec. 7. A schedule will be provided when it is available.
- Also today, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson asked the State Board of Canvassers to use optical scanner tabulators to conduct the recount. Board members did not change their policy to conduct a recount by hand.
- The Board of State Canvassers meeting scheduled for noon Saturday, Dec. 3, in room 426 of the State Capitol in Lansing was cancelled.
- A Board of State Canvassers meeting was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in room 426 of the State Capitol.
- Also on Tuesday, the Bureau of Elections is scheduled to continue its training for county clerks on recount procedures.