A federal judge has called a hearing for 10:30 Wednesday morning to consider whether the state’s presidential recount should continue.
It comes after an unfavorable ruling by a state appeals court due to state and federal courts not agreeing on how to handle the recount.
A federal Court of Appeals upheld the recount.
But Tuesday, the Michigan Court of Appeals decided the recount should have never started in the first place.
So they will send the decision back to the state board of canvassers.
They will decide whether or not Jill Stein’s petition for a recount should’ve been approved.
US District Judge Mark Goldsmith’s order allowed the recount to begin Monday but his decision was based on timing, not the merits of the request.
Stein initially requested the recount because of what she calls irregularities and hacks.
Now county clerks across the state must recount millions of votes by hand.
“They’ll count the ballots first and that total has to equal the ballot books total if it does you move forward
to the next part of the count, if it doesn’t you count it again,” says Juli Wallin, Emmet County Clerk.
Montcalm County clerks are going to be the first locals to start the recount.
The Secretary of State says the recount could cost $5 million.
Stein paid nearly $1 million to kick-off the recount but new legislation could stick her with the whole bill.
Even though the recount continues, Attorney General Bill Schuette gave this statement after Tuesday’s State Appeals court ruling…
"I’m grateful, and I know Michigan taxpayers agree, that the Michigan Court of Appeals has adhered to the rule of law, and clarity in our Michigan statute in agreeing that Jill Stein is not an aggrieved candidate and the recall must stop."
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