Although liberals might have expected different election results, a shocking news came, on Monday, from the Michigan Board of Canvassers that announced that President – elect Donald Trump officially won the state.
With Trump winning the Michigan state he earned 16 electoral votes. This makes him the first Republican who have won Michigan since 1988.
The final vote tally has Trump sitting with 2,279,543 votes (47.6 percent), and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton earning 2,268,839 (47.4 percent).
But Green Party candidate Jill Stein hired former Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer as her attorney and she has until Wednesday to decide whether she will move forward with the process of recounting votes or not.
“We have not heard directly from Jill Stein’s campaign,” State Elections Director Chris Thomas said. “We are prepared to move forward at this time if we receive any type of recount petition by Wednesday afternoon of this week.”
The director of recounts for Stein’s Campaign, Rick Lass, stated that the Green Party candidate does plan on moving forward with a recount.
“We are planning on filing within the 48-hour deadline that’s in the statute,” Lass told The Detroit News.
Since Trump won the state of Michigan, he could contest a recount. The process would give the president-elect seven days after the recount is filed to make a decision.
If Trump did contest, he would then have to file a request with the Michigan secretary of state. However, if the agency’s Board of State Canvassers dismisses it, the recount would begin the following day.
“If the objections are overturned by the board, the recount can commence after the second business day following the issuance of the board’s decision,” secretary of state spokesman Fred Woodhams told the Detroit Free Press.
The Board of State Canvassers has four members. The law requires two Republicans and two Democrats.
Scott Hagerstorm, Trump’s Michigan campaign director, said that “all options will be open and pursued” about how the campaign might respond, but he wouldn’t speculate.
The cost of doing a recount in Michigan comes with a hefty price tag. Stein would have to pay $125 per precinct – 6,300 in Michigan – for a grand total of $787,500.
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