Michigan presidential recount? Here's what we know

Petition may demand hand recount of ballots

LANSING, MICH. - The Michigan Board of Canvassers certified President-elect Donald Trump's 10,000-vote victory Monday, Nov. 28, so three weeks later, he's officially the winner.

But this could be the first step in the electoral process.

Here's a Detroit Free Press analysis of where things stand now:

The Michigan Board of Canvassers certified the Nov. 8 election results on Monday, affirming that Republican Donald Trump won the presidential race in the state with a 10,704-vote margin of victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president, will file a request for a recount of the election results by a 2 p.m. Wednesday deadline, said her attorney, Mark Brewer, former chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party.

The campaign of Donald Trump has hired two Michigan-based election lawyers – Gary Gordon and John Pirich – to represent them in any recount proceedings. They could file a challenge to the recount request within 7 days after the request is filed.

If a recount request is made, it will begin on Friday in the 19 largest counties in the state and will continue throughout the weekend. Smaller counties will be next and the ballots will be counted in a central location in those initial 19 areas. If the recount goes on uninterrupted, it could be done by Dec. 9 or 10, said state officials.

If a challenge to a recount is filed, the recount will be paused for two business days to give the Board of Canvassers the chance to resolve the challenge.

The cost of the recount, which is born by Stein, will be $125 per precinct for the state's 6,300 precincts or $787,500. If costs go beyond that amount, the county responsible for the higher costs will get the bill.

Detroit Free Press


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