Schuette files lawsuit to stop Michigan recount - WNEM TV 5

Schuette files lawsuit to stop Michigan recount

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Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a lawsuit Friday to stop Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s request for a recount of Michigan's presidential vote.

Stein requested the recount on Wednesday. She had already requested recounts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Republican Donald Trump won all three states. He defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Michigan by 10,704 votes out of nearly 4.8 million ballots cast. Stein alleges that irregularities and the potential for hacking into scanning devices call into question the results.

The Michigan recount was supposed to start on Friday but was put on hold after President-elect Trump filed an objection Thursday to Stein’s request to hand count nearly five million ballots cast in the election.

Stein responded to the objection, calling it a "shameful and outrageous attempt to undermine Democracy.”

Schuette said he filed an emergency motion with the Michigan Supreme Court to bypass the Court of Appeals to ensure a timely process.

“Michigan voters rejected Stein’s candidacy by massive margins but her refusal to accept that state-verified result poses an expensive and risky threat to hard-working taxpayers and abuses the intent of Michigan law,” said Schuette.  “We have asked the court to end the recount which Stein is pursuing in violation of Michigan laws that protect the integrity of our elections. It is inexcusable for Stein to put Michigan voters at risk of paying millions and potentially losing their voice in the Electoral College in the process.”    

Schuette said Stein's request for a recount attempts to abuse state law and will force Michigan taxpayers to pay millions of dollars "in a game that puts their votes at risk of being excluded from the Electoral College." 

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