Michigan attorney general seeks to block recount of state’s presidential vote

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked the Michigan Supreme Court to take immediate action on his request to stop the recount of votes cast in the state last month for the presidential election.

The request asks the high court to bypass the normal path of such request, which would have required the state Court of Appeals to act first, and instead send it directly to the Supreme Court.

Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein has requested a hand recount of the 4.8 million votes cast in Michigan last month.

The recount was expected to start Friday.

The Board of State Canvassers hear arguments from the Trump campaign and others regarding recount. (Dec. 2, 2016)
The Board of State Canvassers hear arguments from the Trump campaign and others regarding recount. (Dec. 2, 2016)

But attorneys for president-elect Donald Trump have filed a motion against the recount.

After hearing arguments from both the Trump and Stein campaigns, the Board of State Canvassers were deadlocked when it came time to vote. As a result, the motion to approve Trump’s objection to the recount and a motion to use machines for the recount failed.

The recount is expected to commence early next week, barring court action.

Schuette is asking the Supreme Court to either cancel the recount, or require the ballots be counted by machine instead of by hand.

He cites the cost of the recount, expected to be in the millions, and the inability to get it done by a federally imposed Dec. 13 deadline.

“Even though Stein could have petitioned for a recount weeks ago, she waited until the last possible moment under state law to do so–November 30, 2016,” Schuette writes in the argument to the high court.

There is no word yet on if and when the Supreme Court will decide on the request.

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