Mark Brewer, who appeared on behalf of Green Party
presidential candidate Jill Stein, addresses the
Michigan Board of State Canvassers regarding Stein's
request of a statewide presidential election recount,
Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at the Lansing Center in Lansing,
candidate Jill Stein's fight to force presidential recounts
in three states focuses Monday on Pennsylvania, where her
Green Party is seeking an emergency federal court order for
a statewide recount, and Michigan, where a federal judge has
ordered a hand recount to begin by noon.
is underway in Wisconsin.
Donald Trump narrowly defeated Democratic candidate Hillary
Clinton in all three states. The recounts were not expected
to change enough votes to overturn the result of the
her intent is to verify the accuracy of the vote. She has
suggested, with no evidence, that votes cast were
susceptible to computer hacking.
also scheduled a rally and news conference for Monday
morning outside Trump Tower in New York.
what's going on in each state and in Nevada, where a partial
recount of the race was requested by independent
presidential candidate Roque De La Fuente:
began Thursday and continued over the weekend, with little
change so far in the unofficial results as reported on
election night. A federal lawsuit was filed late last week
by a Trump voter and two super PACs seeking to stop the
recount. The judge rejected a request to halt the recount
while the lawsuit is pending and scheduled a hearing for
Friday. State and local election officials have all said
they don't expect Clinton to surpass Trump in Wisconsin,
where he won by about 22,000 votes.
judge late Sunday night in Detroit ordered a statewide hand
recount of roughly 4.8 million ballots to start by noon
Monday. Trump won the state by about 10,700 votes, or
two-tenths of a percentage point, over Clinton.
argued that a law is unconstitutional that requires a break
of at least two business days after the Board of Canvassers'
final action on a recount request. Judge Mark Goldsmith
found that Stein had "shown the likelihood of
irreparable harm" if the count was delayed even by two
days and rejected the state's arguments about the cost to
defeated Clinton by 10,704 votes, or two-tenths of a
percentage point, in Michigan. Stein received about 1
percent of the vote.
Attorney General Bill Schuette, the Trump campaign and super
PACs have filed separate lawsuits asking state courts to
prevent the recount, arguing that Stein, as the fourth-place
finisher, is not "aggrieved" because she has no
chance of winning in a recount.
Party said Saturday it will seek help in federal court to
force a statewide recount — a move that came hours after
the party dropped a case set to be argued Monday in state
courts. An updated count Friday by state election officials
showed Trump's lead shrinking to 49,000 from 71,000 over
Clinton, out of 6 million votes cast, as more counties
finish counting overseas ballots and settled provisional
ballot challenges. That is still shy of Pennsylvania's 0.5
percent trigger for an automatic statewide recount. Stein
drew less than 1 percent of the votes cast. Final counts are
outstanding in some counties, but there are not enough
uncounted votes to change the outcome, officials say.
of a sample of ballots has begun in Nevada, at the request
of De La Fuente. Clinton won in Nevada, and De La Fuente
finished last. But De La Fuente requested and paid about
$14,000 last week for the recount, which he called a
counterbalance to the review sought by Stein in Wisconsin.
Nevada Secretary of State spokeswoman Gail Anderson said
late last week that the recount of ballots from Carson City
and Douglas, Mineral, Nye and Clark counties should be
completed by Friday. If the sample shows a discrepancy of at
least 1 percent for De La Fuente or Clinton, a full recount
will be launched in all 17 Nevada counties. Clinton won the
state by 27,202 votes over Trump, out of 1.1 million votes