Protesters want recount restarted

Posted at 8:10 PM, Dec 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 20:10:59-05

 Protesters in front of the Michigan Supreme Court speaking out against the decision to stop the Michigan recount.

"People want this recount and they're willing to pay for it," Lou Novak with the Green Party said.

The Stein campaign and these protesters are fighting to get the recount re-started to ensure the machines that count the ballots weren't hacked.

"Checking the paper is a common sense security measure we can take to guard against cyber attack," said Alex Halderman, a computer science and engineering professor at the University of Michigan. "It's also a way to deter somebody from hacking elections in the future."

The judge who halted the recount said seeking there needs to be at least some evidence of a significant fraud or mistake to justify a recount to test the vulnerability of the elections system.

These protesters say the point of the recount is to see if that evidence exists.

"That's why we want to open up those boxes and see what's in them," Novak said. "Looking for that malfeasance those human errors that are causing a distortion in our elections."

And although the recount is dead for now... Stein's lawyers are appealing to the state supreme court.
"We're not whining," Veronica Adams, a protester said. "We just want to ensure the integrity of the election to make sure who won- the numbers are not adding up."

They believe the paper ballots will reveal some big problems.