A computer science professor from the University of Michigan explains how a Michigan recount filed by Jill Stein’s campaign could reveal tampering with voting machines.
U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith asked Stein attorney Mark Brewer to explain what the harm is in waiting until Wednesday, as planned, especially after Brewer conceded that the recount could still likely be completed by Dec. 13 if started Wednesday, though it would take more money and resources.
To get a court order, Stein must show she will suffer “irreparable harm” if the recount doesn’t start immediately. Lawyers for the Michigan Republican Party argued that there can be no irreparable harm, if the recount can still get done with a Wednesday start.
“I think the hearing should be over, based on that admission,” attorney Gary Gordon of Lansing, who has represented Trump and the Michigan Republican Party, told the judge about Brewer’s statement.
Also, state officials disclosed at the hearing that the state election results, showing Trump as the victor, have already been certified and Gov. Rick Snyder has already certified the Trump electors and sent that information to Washington, D.C. Denise Barton, an attorney reprresenting the Board of State Canvassers, said that means the “safe harbor” requirement that electors be certified six days prior to the electoral college meeting on Dec. 19, has already been satisfied.
Michigan’s electoral votes are guaranteed to count, except in the unlikely event that a recount shows Trump did not win Michigan’s 16 electoral votes, in which case another set of electors could be certified and sent to Congress, she said.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on Aug. 19, 2016. (Photo: Dennis Van Tine, TNS)
Brewer argued it was Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette who warned Michigan’s electoral votes could be at risk if the recount is not completed by Dec. 13.
“That is what brought us here,” Brewer told the judge. “The only way to eliminate that risk is to start the recount immediately.”
But Gordon said Republican officials have been counting on state law that said they had two days to object to Friday’s Board of Canvassers ruling in court. If the recount goes ahead immediately, Stein’s people will have a great advantage, because they will have their hundreds of volunteers ready, and the Republicans won’t, Gordon said.
The logistics of a statewide recount are so great, “it’s kind of like Eisenhower invading Europe on D-Day,” Gordon said. “It’s a logistical nightmare.”
The hearing is on a break.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein filed suit against state election officials in federal court in Detroit late Friday in the latest in a raft of lawsuits over her request for a recount of Michigan’s presidential election vote.
Barring a court injunction, the hand recount of about 4.8 million Michigan ballots is likely to begin Wednesday, though it is possible it could get under way late on Tuesday, state Director of Elections Chris Thomas said Friday.
Thomas made that determination after the Board of State Canvassers deadlocked, 2-2, on president-elect Donald Trump’s objections to Stein’s request for a recount — meaning the recount proceeds.
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