Stein takes pres­i­den­tial re­count ef­fort to Michi­gan

Green Party can­di­date re­quests new tally by hand; Trump won by 0.2 points

Baltimore Sun - - NATION - By David Eg­gert

LANS­ING, Mich. — Green Party pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Jill Stein on Wed­nes­day re­quested a full hand re­count of Michi­gan’s pres­i­den­tial vote, mak­ing it the third state nar­rowly won by Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump where she wants an­other look at the re­sults.

Stein pre­vi­ously asked for re­counts in Penn­syl­va­nia and Wis­con­sin.

Pres­i­dent-elect Trump de­feated Hil­lary Clin­ton by about 10,700 votes out of nearly 4.8 mil­lion bal­lots cast in Michi­gan, or twotenths of a per­cent­age point. But Stein al­leges that ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and the pos­si­bil­ity that vote scan­ning de­vices could have been hacked call the re­sults into ques­tion. Elec­tions of­fi­cials in all three states have ex­pressed con­fi­dence in the re­sults.

Michi­gan’s re­count could start as early as Fri­day, though a chal­lenge by Trump may de­lay it.

“We sim­ply won’t know if there was hack­ing or in­ter­fer­ence in this elec­tion un­less we look at the votes — ev­ery vote sys­tem­at­i­cally, im­par­tially and by hand,” Jes­sica Clarke, a lawyer for the Stein cam­paign, said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence out­side of the Michi­gan Bureau of Elec­tions.

Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan com­puter sci­en­tist Alex Hal­der­man, who says vot­ing ma­chines and op­ti­cal scan­ners that count bal­lots are prone to er­rors and out­side ma­nip­u­la­tion, told re­porters that the re­count will show “for sure” whether cy­ber­at­tacks have oc­curred.

“More im­por­tantly, (the re­count) will pro­vide a de­fense in the fu­ture and a de­ter­rent to any ad­ver­sary who might want to try to hack fu­ture elec­tions.”

Trump’s vic­tory is highly un­likely to be re­versed in any of the states.

The GOPsays a Michi­gan re­count would cost tax­pay­ers far more than the $973,000 Stein paid when fil­ing her re­count pe­ti­tion.

Sec­re­tary of State Ruth John­son, a Repub­li­can, called Stein’s re­quest “un­usual,” es­pe­cially be­cause there is no ev­i­dence of fraud or “even a cred­i­ble al­lega- tion of any tam­per­ing.”

Mean­while in Wis­con­sin, where Trump de­feated Clin­ton by roughly 22,000 votes, Stein’s cam­paign said it won’t ap­peal a judge’s rul­ing that Wis­con­sin’s re­count can be done with­out count­ing ev­ery bal­lot by hand. Most coun­ties plan to do hand re­counts any­way. That re­count is due to start Thurs­day.

Trump de­feated Clin­ton in Penn­syl­va­nia by about 71,000 votes, or about 1 per­cent­age point.

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