Federal Judge Puts an End to Michigan Recount

Posted December 09, 2016

Her attorney, Hayley Horowitz, told USA Today that the recount needs to continue in order to reveal "those problems so that the people of MI can see how their election operates".

Goldsmith's ruling determined that there was no reason for the recount to continue in light of the Michigan Court of Appeals 3-0 ruling against the recount.

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith was not moved by arguments from Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's lawyers, who a "distorted interpretation of the text" of Michigan laws regarding the definition of the word "aggrieved" and how the Michigan Court of Appeals applied it to her. There was. He did.

Republicans have argued that the three-day recount must end as the state appeals court found that Stein, who finished fourth in MI on November 8, did not have a chance of winning even after a recount and therefore is not an "aggrieved" candidate.

Wisconsin's recount was more than 82 percent complete as of Wednesday.

So far, it seems that Stein will be concentrating the recount efforts exclusively on Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Within the City of Watertown, where the recount started within Jefferson County, seven votes were added to Clinton's total and four to Trump's.

Federal law requires states to resolve disputes over the appointment of Electoral College voters by December 13. Stein had filed for recounts in three states following reports that a group of computer scientists suggested there could have been manipulation of voting machines. She came in fourth place, with 1% of the vote. Trump won the state by more than 22,000 votes.

Late Wednesday, a federal judge in MI stopped a recount of the state's presidential ballots just three days after it started on the grounds it is unnecessary. The federal deadline to certify the vote is Tuesday. Trump, who won a projected 306 electoral votes, takes office on January 20. MI has 16 electoral votes, Pennsylvania has 20 and Wisconsin has 10. So far, $7.3 million (6.78 million euros) have been donated toward a goal of $9.5 million toward the recounts, according to Stein's campaign website.

Goldsmith said Stein raised serious issues about the integrity of Michigan's election system. Our campaign will seek immediate relief in Michigan's Supreme Court to ensure the recount that is already underway in all MI counties continues. Because Stein's candidacy could not benefit from a recount since she was nowhere close to receiving enough votes to make a difference, she did not have a right to a recount.

Stein's campaign said it was "deeply disappointed" by the decision and would appeal the court's ruling.

Now, with only a fraction of the recount completed, Michigan's Secretary of State is prepared to refund a portion of that amount, said Fred Woodhams, spokesman for Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. The US District Court also stated that Stein had failed to show substantial evidence that there was an "actual deprivation of voting rights".

Earlier Wednesday, the MI elections board voted, 3-1, to end the recount if Goldsmith extinguished his earlier order. In those counties, Trump gained 105 votes and Clinton dropped 41 votes.

Michigan Republican Party Chairman, Ronna McDaniel, praised the ruling as a "victory for the taxpayers and voters of Michigan who can be assured that their vote will count when the state's electors meet on December 19". A federal judge in Pennsylvania will hold a hearing Friday on whether that recount can begin.