The Michigan Board of Canvassers confirmed today with a 4-0 vote that the state’s election were correct. Results came in on Monday afternoon, showing Republican Donald Trump won the presidential race by a 10,704-vote margin over Democrat Hillary Clinton. The Board of Canvassers’ certification makes the election results official. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president, is the woman who has raised more than $6.5 million to pay for recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. It will be a monumental task for the secretary of state and 83 county clerks around the state.
Stein has filed the recount requests for Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Chris Thomas, the director of elections for the state, noted that Stein received only 1.07 percent of the vote in Michigan. If a recount happens all 4,799,284 presidential race votes will be counted by hand at the county level under state supervision. It’s a process that may not start until well into December because another candidate has seven days to challenge the recount request. The Board of Canvassers will hear arguments on the challenge and rule within five days, meaning a recount may not start until Dec. 12.
That would make it difficult for a recount to be done before the Electoral College, including Michigan’s 16 members, meets Dec. 19 to cast its votes for the winning candidate. The state is still researching how the timeline of a recount will affect Michigan’s electoral votes. A recount will be expensive. Under laws passed in Michigan in 2014 that are intended to make it more difficult to recall lawmakers, recounts are costly for the people requesting them. When the margin of the race is more than 0.5 percent, the cost to recount is $125 per precinct. There are 6,300 precincts in Michigan, which translates into a whopping recount price tag of $787,500.
Stein said she’s not requesting the recount because she thinks it will change the outcome. Instead, she said in a video on her Facebook page, that she picked the three states where the vote was the closest to ensure the integrity of the election. Trump has seven days to file written objections to the recount, Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams told the Detroit Free Press. The Board of State Canvassers would then hold a hearing on the objections and would have to issue a ruling within five days of the hearing.
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