Montgomery County to hold court hearing on election recount challenges

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign rally in Detroit Michigan

Trump edged Clinton by some 71,000 votes, or about 1 percent, in Pennsylvania.

Stein and Independent candidate Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente each requested a recount Friday in Wisconsin.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has spearheaded an effort to recount the votes in swing states Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania after a stunning win in all three by Republican President-elect Donald Trump. But it doesn't carry the same drama as the drama of the Florida presidential recount of 2000, when the outcome of the election between Al Gore and George W. Bush hung in the balance. Under state policy, the recount will be conducted by hand. The commission had to grant the request for a recount under state law, though it rejected the demand for a manual recount.

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein plans to request a full hand recount of Michigan's presidential vote.

Republican Donald Trump won all three states.

When pressed today, Trump's team provided no evidence of voter fraud.

Michigan Republican chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel says a recount would be a waste of time and money. It's slated to begin Thursday and must be completed by December 13 or Congress could gain control of the state's electoral votes. The big deadline is December 19 when all of the states' electors must meet to cast their Electoral College votes. States that miss those deadlines risk not having their electoral votes counted. But Stein argued in her lawsuit that a hand recount is not necessarily as time-consuming as recounting using optical scanners.

"We will likely have to have our programmers reprogram the tabulators to only tabulate the presidential votes", Friedrichs said.

Recounts aren't cheap and each state has its own laws about who and what can trigger them. They would have to pay the $3.5 million cost on Tuesday before the recount would begin on Thursday. In Michigan, when the margin in a race is more than 0.5%, the candidate must pay $125 per precinct, which adds up to $787,500.

Sandler estimates the true cost to the state will be closer to $12 million, based on past recount expenses for counties. She also assumes $2-3 million in legal fees.

Alpena County Clerk Bonnie Friedrichs said in her more than two decades as county clerk she has never seen a recount for a presidential election. Friedrichs said if Stein is successful in getting the recount, the state will give the county a date to begin and a deadline to have it complete.

Friedrichs said she will be part of the process of the recount, but the county board of canvassers will oversee the entire procedure to make sure everything is done fairly and accurately.

Stein spokeswoman Margy Levinson said in an email Wednesday that the ruling made Tuesday night in Dane County Circuit Court would not be appealed. She has raised $6.4 million online so far for recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Stein would have to get a court order for a hand recount.

The petitions, signed by three voters in each of the precincts, do not specify how the machines could have been hacked or provide any other evidence specifying how vote tabulations could have been tampered with.

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