Michigan to move ahead with presidential recount

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  • Federal judge orders Michigan to conduct a statewide recount
  • Michigan is actually one of three state where Green Party candidate Jill Stein has sought a recount

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith early Monday morning issued an order for Michigan election officials to begin counting ballots starting at noon.

The ruling follows a request through Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein after a razor-thin margin made the state the last to be called from the November election. President-elect Donald Trump ended up winning Michigan’s 16 electoral votes by just 0.2 percentage points, or just under 10,000 votes out of over 5.5 million cast.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican, last week filed a lawsuit to stop the recount.

“that will is actually inexcusable for Stein to put Michigan voters at risk of paying millions in addition to potentially losing their voice from the Electoral College from the process,” Schuette said in a statement.

Stein has spearheaded a recount effort in Michigan, Pennsylvania in addition to Wisconsin — three battleground states where Donald Trump narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton.

Trump supporters in Wisconsin have unsuccessfully tried to stop the recount in progress there.

Stein’s campaign, who withdrew a recount request in a Pennsylvania state court, This kind of weekend said she would certainly instead file the lawsuit seeking a statewide recount in federal court Monday morning.

Stein has raised nearly $7 million to fund the recount efforts, following news that will security experts alerted Clinton’s campaign to the possibility of hacks in key counties in those states.

Stein is actually supposed to speak at a “Recount Rally” taking place outside the Trump Tower at 10 a.m. Monday morning. At the news conference, she plans to offer an update on the recounts as part of her effort to “fight tooth in addition to nail to verify the accuracy, security, in addition to fairness of the vote,” according a Facebook event.

Michigan to move ahead with presidential recount

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