The Michigan Secretary of State has announced that representatives of Donald Trump have filed an objection to the state’s recount.
‘Elections has received the objection from the Trump campaign.’
Elections has received the objection from the Trump campaign. https://t.co/ah7fBjxBrB
— MI Sec of State (@MichSoS) December 1, 2016
‘The Michigan Bureau of Elections today received an objection from representatives of Donald J. Trump regarding the presidential election recount that was filed yesterday by Green Party nominee Jill Stein.
‘Under Michigan law, the recount is halted when the Board of State Canvassers resolves the objection. The board, which by law must resolve the complaint within five days, is scheduled to consider resolution of the objection tomorrow, Dec. 2. If the objection is not adopted by the board, the recount can commence after the second business day following the board’s decision. If the board adopts the objection, the recount would be ended.
‘Because the objection was received, the recount activity that was scheduled to begin on Friday in Ingham and Oakland counties, and over the weekend in other counties has been postponed.’
The objection is based on three premises. The first argument alleges that Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who filed the request for a recount, does not have standing due to the fact that she was the fourth-place candidate and did not earn enough votes for election tampering to harm her.
Their second argument rests on the premise that a recount would make it impossible for Michigan to certify its votes before the Electoral College meets on December 19. Michigan’s electors wouldn’t sway the election either way, but Trump’s representatives argue that this amounts to the disenfranchisement of Michigan’s voters.
Their third argument is a technical one, but in matters of law such things obviously matter. They allege that Stein did not properly sign and certify the documents necessary for a recount.
The odds of this recount changing the outcome of the election are slim to none, but Michigan is one of the closer states. It was only recently certified as going for Trump. He carried the state by a mere 10,000 votes so it’s possible a recount could turn Michigan blue. However, Clinton would need to flip Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania in order to change the outcome of the election.
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