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President-elect Trump objects to MI recount

President-elect Trump objects to MI recount

The first candidate-driven statewide recount of a presidential election in 16 years began Thursday in.

Dozens of people are working in shifts for the next week to count more than 22 thousand ballots by hand.

Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America's democracy and voting rights, campaigns and elections, and many social justice issues.

But in Michigan, where the recount was slated to begin Friday, Trump's team filed an objection with the Michigan Bureau of Elections, which automatically halts the recount until the objection is resolved.

The unprecedented recount of the state's nearly 3 million presidential ballots by the Wisconsin Elections Commission began Thursday, after it was formally requested by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who raised concerns of fraud or error. Stein and running mate Ajama Baraka won 1.1 percent of the state's popular vote.

Given her tiny vote total, (Green Party presidential candidate Jill) Stein does not and could not possibly allege a good faith belief that she may have won the state of MI.

Mark Brewer, one of Stein's lawyers, countered: "The law is very clear that once a candidate files a petition, that the board shall conduct a recount". By law, the objection must be resolved within 5 days.

Stein's campaign has also filed for recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

In Michigan, there were 75,335 under-count tallies-votes that machines did not record as selecting anyone for president-nearly double the amount recorded in 2012.

The Wisconsin recount doesn't carry almost the same drama as the Florida recount in 2000, when the outcome of the presidential race between Al Gore and George W. Bush hung in the balance.

Trump also claimed on Twitter that there was "serious voter fraud" in Virginia, New Hampshire and California, all states he lost in the general election.

The recount will have to move quickly.

December 13 is the federal deadline to certify the vote to avoid having the fate of Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes decided by Congress.

Stein, though, has said the goal of the recounts is to ensure voting integrity - even though no solid evidence has been produced to indicate anomalies or errors.

Walsh, along with about a dozen others, volunteered to observe the recount, which is open to the public, on behalf of the Green Party.

It would take a 3-1 vote by the evenly divided board of two Democrats and two Republicans to stop the recount. "Yet despite being just a blip on the electoral radar, Stein has now commandeered Michigan's electoral process". The recount in the battleground state could potentially cost taxpayers upwards of $12 million, according to Michigan Republican Party leaders.