Trump's attorneys asked the Michigan Court of Appeals to impose a temporary restraining order on the State Board of Canvassers and Thomas.
Republican lawyers also argued that the case has threatened the state's ability to certify its presidential electors by the December 13 federal deadline. Stein is challenging a two-business-day waiting period for the recount to start by Wednesday morning.
Lansing attorney Gary Gordon, who is representing Trump, argued Stein is not an aggrieved candidate since she has little chance of personally benefiting from a shift in votes. Stein is spearheading recount efforts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Stein's recount petition claims she was "aggrieved on account of fraud or mistake" in the counting of almost 4.8 million ballots, but offered no specific evidence of how President-elect Donald Trump's 10,704-vote victory over Clinton harmed her.
We are well aware of the undemocratic actions taken during the primaries by the DNC and the Clinton campaign. Both candidates lost 20 votes. Trump won Wisconsin by about 22,000 votes.
"As a candidate, Dr. Stein has the right to call for a recount". However, the state's GOP Attorney General Bill Schuette separately asked the Michigan Supreme Court to block that recount. The Wisconsin Republican Party filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission alleging the recount amounts to illegal coordination with Clinton. It says any changes between canvass results and recount totals have been due to human error.
The Elections Commission says the recount is on track to be done by the state-imposed deadline of 8 p.m. December 12. Peterson has scheduled a court hearing on their lawsuit for December 9, just four days before the state's final vote tally is due.
Oakland County, in the Detroit area, started re-counting its votes Monday after a federal judge ordered elections officials to get the process moving to meet a December 13 deadline. Ingham County also started Monday, and other counties will follow this week. Trump and supporters also filed actions seeking to head off separate recounts in MI and Pennsylvania Friday before those efforts could get started. Trump's 2.27 million votes bested Democrat Hillary Clinton's 2.26 million votes, according to the state's results that were certified Monday. "While we support electoral reforms, including how the vote is counted, we do not support the current recount being undertaken by Jill Stein", a statement on the Party's website reads. The recount started Thursday and must be completed by December 13.
Hours after a Green Party-backed campaign dropped its case in state courts they announce a change to their strategy to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's November 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and said late Saturday night that it will seek help in the federal courts, rather than the state courts.
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan). Jill Stein, the presidential Green Party candidate, arrives for a news conference in front of Trump Tower, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in NY. The news conference had a circus-like atmosphere, as some of President-elect Donald Trump's supporters heckled Stein. However, Green Party-backed efforts to force recounts and analyze election software in scattered precincts were continuing. In Pennsylvania, Trump is asking a court to dismiss Stein's recount request. Stein has said she isn't trying to put Clinton in the White House, but wants an overview of the integrity of voting systems. It says Pennsylvania's paperless electronic voting machines make it a prime target for hacking.
A judge has ordered a hand recount of Michigan's presidential results to begin by noon Monday, and the Green Party is trying to force a federal court order for a statewide recount in Pennsylvania.
A recount is already underway in Wisconsin, where the first reporting of numbers is expected Friday. If the sample shows a discrepancy of at least 1 percent for De La Fuente or Clinton, a full recount will be launched in all 17 Nevada counties. The move increases the chances that the state could complete the count ahead of a December 13 deadline.
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