Green Party's Jill Stein Requests Presidential Recount in Michigan

Stein already requested recounts in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin on alleged basis of irregularities in voting process, potential for hacking.

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein delivers remarks at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Hillary Clinton's aides and supporters are urging dispirited Democrats to channel their frustrations about the election results into political causes - just not into efforts to recount ballots in three battleground states.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein delivers remarks at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa, Wed. Sept. 21, 2016. Christopher Dolan, The Citizens' Voice via AP

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein requested a full hand recount of Michigan's presidential vote on Wednesday.

Stein had already requested recounts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin on the alleged basis of irregularities in the voting process and potential for hacking that are "causing many Americans to wonder if our election results are reliable."

Although barely noticed during election season, Stein has become a major playor in the election's aftermath.

Republican Donald Trump won all three states Stein wants recounted. He defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Michigan by 10,704 votes out of nearly 4.8 million ballots cast.

Trump's victory is highly unlikely to be reversed in any of the states, yet Stein insists the recount will ensure the integrity of the election.

Republicans say the recount, which could start as early as Friday, will cost taxpayers far more than the $973,000 Stein must pay when filing her recount petition.

Frustration in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's election chief told local clerks that he knows they are frustrated with trying to complete a presidential recount in less than two weeks. The process is slated to begin Thursday and must be completed by December 13 or Congress could gain control of the state's electoral votes.  

Wisconsin's commission had to grant Stein's recount request due to state law, although her allegations had no clear evidence.

The Green Party candidate also wanted all 72 counties to conduct the recount by hand, but the commission refused and a Dane County judge affirmed that decision late Tuesday evening. Stein will not be appealing the Wisconsin judge's ruling.  

The majority of Wisconsin counties planned to do a hand recount of ballots cast even though the judge's ruling means they can choose to feed the ballots into tabulation machines to double check the counts.

Jill Stein's focus will be on verifying the vote on the ground. She encourages counties to voluntarily conduct a hand recount.

Commission Administrator Mike Haas held a teleconference with clerks Wednesday to walk them through final preparations.

Twice Haas acknowledged they're unhappy with conducting a recount during the holiday season on behalf of a candidate who got only 30,000 votes in Wisconsin. But he told them he hopes they've accepted that the recount must be conducted, by law, and that it will be done professionally.