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Judge orders Michigan recount to begin Monday

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A federal judge in Detroit has ruled the recount of Michigan's presidential results could begin at noon on Monday.

It was a decision that gives the state more time to complete the count ahead of the Dec. 13 deadline.

Judge Mark Goldsmith issued his ruling late Sunday night that rejected an effort by state officials to wait two business days to get started hand-counting about 4.8 million ballots.

But different counties will begin those recounts at different times.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein requested a recount, but Republican President-elect Donald Trump sued elections officials to stop it.

Stein's lawyers argued waiting until Wednesday to start a recount would cut too close to the Dec. 13 deadline to have it finished.

Below is a list of when Mid-Michigan counties will begin recounting the ballots:

  • Genesee County: Dec. 7 (199,000 ballots to be recounted)
  • Bay County: Dec. 8
  • Clare County: Dec. 8
  • Gladwin County: Dec. 8
  • Gratiot County: Dec. 8
  • Midland County: Dec. 8
  • Saginaw County: Dec. 8 (95,000 ballots to be recounted)
  • Shiawassee County: Dec. 8
  • Arenac County: Dec. 9
  • Tuscola County: Dec. 9
  • Huron County: Dec. 10
  • Isabella County: Dec. 10
  • Iosco County: Dec. 11
  • Lapeer County: Dec. 11
  • Oscoda County: Dec. 11
  • Sanilac County: Dec. 11
  • Ogemaw County: Dec. 12
  • Roscommon County: Dec. 12

Ingham and Oakland County started the process on Monday.

The Saginaw County county clerk said the recount process will take three to four days with their staff members working eight to 10 hours a day.

According to the secretary of state office, the cost of the recount is about $5 million. Stein has contributed $1 million for the efforts.

The Green Party also wants recounts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by 10,704 votes in Michigan. Stein received about 1 percent of the vote.

For a full list of when counties will be recounting, look here:

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