While Michigan’s recount was halted Thursday by a filing from President-elect Donald Trump’s team, county clerks are still scrambling to be prepared if and when the recount process resumes.
The State Board of Canvassers will decide Friday if the recount will continue, but for Kent County the process, which was scheduled to start this Saturday, will be delayed until next week.
“We are waiting daily for instructions and legal interpretations as we move along,” said Kent County Clerk Mary Hollinrake.
If the recount moves forward, Kent County is responsible for hand counting some 300,000 ballots. The process would take place at the Wyoming Public Safety building, which offered up its space to the county. Approximately 20 teams made up of two people each would go through each vote. However, Hollinrake added that it is still unclear what is expected from the counties regarding final numbers.
“We’re not positive if we are legally obligated to get through every single one of the 491 precincts we have,” she said. “Or if we simply work as hard as we can to get as much as possible accomplished.”