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County clerk prepares for recount in anticipation of Jill Stein's request

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As Green Party candidate Jill Stein continues to push for a recount in Wisconsin, election officials in Michigan are preparing for a recount as well.

The Michigan Board of Canvassers certified the state's election results on Monday, declaring Donald Trump the winner by more than 10,000 votes.

Stein has indicated she plans to request a recount by Wednesday's deadline.

Nearly 200,000 ballots were cast in Genesee County and all of them may have to be counted again.

"My proposal is let's do what Wisconsin did. Let's allow the machines to recount them, not hand count them," Genesee County Clerk John Gleason said.

Gleason said a recount by hand would take several days and a ton of resources. He hopes to simplify the process and save cash.

County clerks across Michigan have to prepare in advance of the recount deadline in case it happens.

The recount would have to be completed by Dec. 12. If the recount has to be completed by hand at least 20 workers will be called in. Gleason fears it could be opening up a hornets nest to decipher the results.

"Which is troublesome because you always have inconsistencies. Many people don't cover the oval in completely," Gleason said.

Genesee County's recount would be held in the cafeteria of the administration building. Gleason said he'll be ready for it, but after one of the most polarizing elections in American history he hopes it isn't necessary.

"My biggest concern is that we want to keep the presidency as strong as we can across the board. That is the figurehead of our nation. If we say that's an illegitimate occupation of the White House it diminishes our role across the world," Gleason said.

The recount in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania is being requested by Stein, who garnered about 1 percent of the popular vote. Stein will have to pay $125 per precinct, but that won't be enough to cover the work in Genesee County.

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