Green Party candidate Jill Stein has officially filed for a recount of the presidential vote in Michigan.
‘Michigan’s Bureau of
#Elections has received a recount request from Dr. Jill Stein and it is being reviewed.’
Michigan’s Bureau of #Elections has received a recount request from Dr. Jill Stein and it is being reviewed.
— MI Sec of State (@MichSoS) November 30, 2016
Since the election, the Green Party candidate has raised nearly $7 million in an attempt to push for recounts in the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Stein says there is reason to believe the process might have been tampered with so a full recount is necessary.
In Michigan, in particular, Stein has cited the fact that there were nearly 80,000 ballots that did not pick an option for president. However, voters are not required to vote for a candidate for president. In a statement released Wednesday, Stein said:
‘The people of Michigan and all Americans deserve a voting system we can trust. After a presidential election tarnished by the use of outdated and unreliable machines and accusations of irregularities, people of all political persuasions are asking if our election results are reliable. We must recount the votes so we can build trust in our election system. We need to verify the vote in this and every election so that Americans can be sure we have a fair, secure and accurate voting system’
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson expressed some concern of over the purpose and cost of the recount, saying:
‘It is unusual that a candidate who received just 1 percent of the vote is seeking a recount, especially when there is no evidence of hacking or fraud, or even a credible allegation of any tampering. The cost of this recount to Michigan taxpayers could easily reach into the millions of dollars. Based on Wisconsin’s estimate, Michigan taxpayers could be paying $4 million despite the $1 million the Green Party nominee must pay to have the recount. Nevertheless, county clerks have been gearing up to complete this recount under a very challenging deadline. They’ll be working nights and weekends. I know they will do a great job because we have some of the best clerks in the country here in Michigan.’
Most experts believe that Stein’s recount will do nothing more than confirm the results of the election, but even that might be enough to help heal some of the divisions left by the election.
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