Trump wins Michigan, recount requested

Posted at 7:25 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 08:49:35-05

Michigan's 83 county clerks could be recounting, by hand the nearly 5 million ballots cast in the presidential race.

On Monday as the Board of State Canvassers certified Donald Trump won Michigan, it started the 48 hour clock for Green party candidate Jill Stein to request a recount.

Stein's lawyer Mark Brewer told the Board of State Canvassers they have the necessary funds and will be asking for every ballot cast in Michigan's presidential election to be recounted by hand.

"A manual recount is the only way to assure peeople that they can trust the system," Brewer said.

Even though they don't think it will change the outcome of the election, Brewer says it's the only way to make sure there weren't any mistakes.

"Democracy is priceless, the integrity of our elections is priceless," Brewer said. "If one vote was not counted properly that should be taken care of and fixed and thats what this process is all about in the end."

It's a move State Elections Director Chris Thomas never predicted.

"When you have a candidate with 1.07 percent of the vote that is very odd in terms of our recounts in Michigan, typically it's a candidate who lost by a small margin," Thomas said.

Even though nothing is official Thomas is getting ready for a recount to start on Friday finishing in 10 days on December 13.

"It's hard and I'm not trying to kid anybody," Thomas said. "It'll be a hard march to get there so I'm calling on election officals really to step up to this."

State Republican Party Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel is hoping it never gets to that point.

"Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein should make sure that this recount dose not happen," she said.

Plus she's concerned it will just tax the system and accomplish nothing.

"This will cost our tax payers, it will cost our counties, it will take time, it is disenfranchiing our voters and it is an outrage," she added.

Brewer agrees there's no proof of fraud but he says Michigan's voting machines can make mistakes and they want to get it right.

"There's the possibility of fraud there's the possibility of manipulation, the only way to eliminate that is to do a manual recount," Brewer noted.

Stein will have to pay for the recount, which could cost nearly $800,000.

The state says there could be short-term costs passed onto the counties but Stein would have to reimburse them.

Also under federal law the recount may be called off if it isn't finished by December 13th.Right now the state is trying to figure out if that deadline will apply.