Will officials sign off on $5 million recount of Michigan ballots?
Michigan taxpayers could be on hook for more than $4 million
DETROIT – An effort to get a recount of the Michigan presidential ballots could come to an end Friday morning.
Will the state board of canvassers sign off on a $5 million recount of state ballots after Green Party candidate Jill Stein requested one? President-elect Donald Trump's campaign objected to the recount Thursday afternoon.
The state board of canvassers is split on party lines, with two Democrats and two Republicans. Friday morning's meeting promises to be a wild one.
Trump was on the move Thursday night in Ohio for his "thank you" tour of states who voted his way in the presidential election.
If he's concerned about Stein demanding recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, he didn't show it.
"We are going to bring our country together," Trump said.
Trump's legal team has filed an objection to the request for the hand recount in Michigan, citing three major arguments: That Stein as a fourth-place finisher is not an aggrieved party, that a hand recount would be so laborious it wouldn't be done in time for Michigan to have its electoral votes counted and that they question whether her petition was properly notarized.
Stein has no evidence of fraud, and Trump is accusing her of trying to perpetuate an "electoral farce."
Meanwhile, Stein is calling Trump's objection "shameful, outrageous, and an attempt to undermine democracy." She insists the recount in Michigan, which has been driven by grassroots support in the state, will go forward.
Stein has given a check for $973,000, but taxpayers would be on the hook for the rest of the $5 million.
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