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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein could be forced to pay the entire cost of Michigan’s statewide recount under a bill advancing in the state Legislature.
The Republican-controlled House Elections Committee approved the legislation Tuesday. It would require any candidate who loses by more than 5 percentage points to pay 100 percent of the estimated cost of the recount.
Those candidates now pay $125 per precinct, which is Stein’s case is nearly $1 million. Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has said the recount may cost $5 million.
The bill would retroactively apply to Stein. Democrats voting against the measure questioned the constitutionality of changing the rules “in the middle of the game.”
The sponsor, Republican state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, says taxpayers shouldn’t foot the bill for “frivolous” recounts.
The state Board of Canvassers is beginning to gather this morning for a 9:30 a.m. hearing. They’re expected to discuss a state Court of Appeals ruling issued Tuesday night that said they should never have let the recount of presidential ballots cast in Michigan go forward.
Goldsmith has scheduled a 10:30 a.m. hearing today to take up motions filed late last night by the Michigan Republican Party and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, to stop the recount in light of the state Court of Appeals ruling.
LANSING — The state Board of Canvassers voted 3-1 to tell the state's director of elections to stop a recount of presidential ballots if a U.S. District Judge rules that the recount should stop.
After a lawyer urged him not to stick taxpayers with a $5 million recount tab, a federal judge on Wednesday dissolved his earlier decision and halted the hand-recount of 4.8 million ballots that were cast for president in Michigan.
The controversial issue, however, is far from over as an appeal will follow.
But attorneys for Stein argued the recount must continue, stressing that the recount thus far has shown numerous voting problems across the state, particularly in Detroit, where more than half of the precincts' ballots cannot be recounted due to problems that have not been disclosed.
Detroit — A federal judge Wednesday suspended a recount of the Nov. 8 presidential election that started three days ago and has yet to reveal fraud or significantly alter the results.