“This is a huge burden and a huge undertaking for county clerks.”
A decision deadlocked.
Michigan’s elections board is moving forward on a recount despite President-elect Donald Trump’s effort to stop it.
It’s an extremely complicated issue that we’re breaking down for you.
On Wednesday, Green Party candidate Jill Stein requested a recount of Michigan’s votes in the presidential election.
Thursday night, President-elect Donald Trump filed an objection.
Then Friday morning, calling it frivolous, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, also a Republican, asked the state Supreme Court to intervene and stop the recount.
That motion has yet to be heard.
Also Friday in Lansing, the state elections board was deadlocked on the issue.
That means the recount will start next week, unless the courts intervene.
Putting that into numbers, county clerks’ offices would have to hand recount all 4.8 million ballots in Michigan.
Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Michigan by a razor thin 10,700 votes.
Stein has also requested recounts in two other states Trump narrowly won, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin recount is already underway.
The recount will be a huge burden for local county clerks.
The Missaukee County clerk says they have about 8,000 ballots to recount, nothing close to as many as other county clerks, like in Wexford or Grand Traverse counties.
The Missaukee County clerk believes it will only take her team a day to do the recounts, but it’s still not clear if everyone will meet the December 13 deadline.
“As far as the deadline being December 13th, I’m not aware of what happens if we do not meet that deadline. State officials have indicated they are not entirely sure, and right now that is being reviewed by the state’s legal team,” says Missaukee County Clerk Jessica Nielson.
The recount is expected to start Tuesday across the state.