KENT COUNTY, MICH - County clerks in Michigan know they're going to be working nights and weekends to get the recount done by the December 13th deadline. The efforts could mean extra expenses, beyond the nearly $1 million paid by Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
Municipalities will get paid $125 for every precinct recounted. In Kent County, Clerk Mary Hollinrake says she can’t estimate what the extra cost will be for the county, which includes 491 precincts. In Muskegon County, which has 67 precincts, Clerk Nancy Waters estimates an extra $5,000 maybe more. In Ottawa County, which has 106 precincts, Clerk Justin Roebuck expects it to cost about $5,000-$10,000 more.
The local clerks add that there are still several unknown variables. Those include unforeseen costs from municipalities, like renting space. Also if the process is delayed, it would cost money just to secure the ballots overnight.
Statewide, there are 6,300 precincts 4.8 million ballots that need to be recounted.
According to Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, based on Wisconsin's estimate, Michigan taxpayers could be paying $4 million. GOP attorney Eric Doster estimates the cost at $12 million.