Saturday, December 3, 2016
Leftist Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has seemingly been trying to aid the failed campaign of Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by pushing for a recount of the votes in three states narrowly won by President-elect Donald Trump: Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
But if Michigan’s Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette has anything to say about it, there will be no recount, according to WZZM.
Schuette filed legal documents with the court Friday asking the Michigan Board of Canvassers and the Supreme Court to put a halt to the recount effort, claiming that Stein didn’t qualify as an “aggrieved” candidate to seek one since she only garnered roughly 1 percent of the vote and that there wasn’t sufficient time for a recount even if she were qualified to demand one.
“Michigan voters rejected Stein’s candidacy by massive margins, but her refusal to accept that state-verified result poses an expensive and risky threat to hardworking taxpayers and abuses the intent of Michigan law,” Schuette said, according to Politico.
“We have asked the court to end the recount which Stein is pursuing in violation of Michigan laws that protect the integrity of our elections,” he added. “It is inexcusable for Stein to put Michigan voters at risk of paying millions and potentially losing their voice in the Electoral College in the process.”
Schuette’s lawsuit also asked that the recount effort be dismissed due to the fact that even Stein herself has acknowledged that there was no evidence of any sort of fraud or widespread errors in favor of any candidate.
As for the cost to Michigan taxpayers for a recount, Schuette was likely referring to report from the Detroit Free Press noting that a statewide recount could cost nearly twice as much as originally thought, nearly $2 million total.
The state has charged Stein $125 per precinct for the recount, or roughly $800,000, but if the actual recount ends up costing more than what Stein paid, the state’s taxpayers will be on the hook for the cost overrun, which could be more than $1 million.
For the record, Michigan certified the results of the election on Monday, declaring Trump the winner by a margin of just 10,704 votes.
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