Jill Stein campaign officially files for Michigan recount

LANSING, Mich. – Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s campaign officially filed a recount request Wednesday afternoon and it is under review.

Green Party officials filed for a recount in Wisconsin Friday after some limited reports of possible voting discrepancies in areas that used paper ballots versus those where electronic voting took place. Stein has raised more than $5 million online for the recount in the state, which state officials estimate will cost about $3.5 million.

You can view the full Michigan presidential recount schedule below:

Stein's campaign handed the Michigan Secretary of State a check for $973,250 on Wednesday. The campaign said it intends to pay all fees associated with the recount in Michigan, and is currently recruiting volunteers to observe the hand recounts that are likely to take place in 19 sites, representing all 83 counties across the state. Those interested can sign up and get more information at www.Jill2016.com/recountMI.

"The people of Michigan and all Americans deserve a voting system we can trust," Stein said. "After a presidential election tarnished by the use of outdated and unreliable machines and accusations of irregularities, people of all political persuasions are asking if our election results are reliable. We must recount the votes so we can build trust in our election system. We need to verify the vote in this and every election so that Americans can be sure we have a fair, secure and accurate voting system."

Steins campaign says "computer scientists and election experts have raised serious concerns about election results, including the vulnerability of voting machines that can be breached without detection and have a tendency to misread markings made by voters."

"In the recent Michigan election, for example, there were 75,335 under-count tallies -- votes that machines did not record as selecting anyone for president - nearly double the amount recorded in 2012." 

Meanwhile, Michigan Republicans say the request for a hand recount of presidential votes could cost taxpayers up to $12 million, a dozen times what she will have to pay.

"The filing by Jill Stein is a reckless attempt to undermine the will of Michigan voters. Jill Stein made her 1% temper tantrum official and will waste millions of Michigan taxpayers’ dollars, and has acknowledged that the recount will not change anything regarding the Presidential election,” said Michigan republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel.

GOP attorney Eric Doster, who will help represent President-elect Donald Trump's campaign in the recount, said Tuesday that he can't imagine the recount costing less than $10 to $12 million — the cost of a statewide election. Republicans cite "astronomical" costs of overtime pay, training, security and travel.

Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Here is Stein's official Petition for Recount: 

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