Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette threw a massive monkey wrench in Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s recount efforts Friday by filing a lawsuit with the state’s Court of Appeals demanding the recount request be rejected.
“Michigan voters rejected Stein’s candidacy by massive margins but her refusal to accept that state-verified result poses an expensive and risky threat to hard-working taxpayers and abuses the intent of Michigan law,” Schuette said in defense of the suit.
“We have asked the court to end the recount which Stein is pursuing in violation of Michigan laws that protect the integrity of our elections,” he continued. “It is inexcusable for Stein to put Michigan voters at risk of paying millions and potentially losing their voice in the Electoral College in the process.”
The lawsuit argues that Stein has failed to provide any evidence that either fraud or widespread errors were committed during last month’s presidential election. Moreover, a recount would cost the state an estimated $5 million.
Today I am filing suit to stop @DrJillStein‘s frivolous, expensive recount request.
— A.G. Bill Schuette (@SchuetteOnDuty) December 2, 2016
According to The Washington Post, Stein filed a motion for a recount in Michigan Wednesday, citing spurious “concerns about possible hacking or other irregularities in the vote tallying there.”
“But she has presented no evidence of malfeasance,” the Post added.
Even if irregularities were discovered, it would technically have no impact on Stein’s own fate. Stein garnered only 51,453 votes in the state, which was literally millions behind those of former Democrat and Republican nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, respectively.
Because a recount would not change the fact Stein lost, some question whether she has legal standing to file suits to initiate a recount. But because her recount effort is an attempt to overturn Trump’s victories in those states, Clinton’s campaign has joined Stein’s efforts and reportedly is soliciting “all hands on deck” to help in the recount effort.
Shhh🤐they aren’t involved, remember?😂
Clinton’s campaign wants “all hands on deck” to help w/ recount in Michigan. https://t.co/ZO62JJ05Mp
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) December 1, 2016
It should be noted that a recount is already underway in Wisconsin, where Trump defeated Clinton by 22,000 votes. Likewise, a hearing has been scheduled Monday in Pennsylvania to discuss Stein and Clinton’s joint recount efforts there.
Trump’s campaign has reportedly joined efforts to stop these recounts. His lawyers filed a request Friday in Michigan to block a hand recount of all 4.8 million ballots cast.
One lawyer for the Trump campaign claimed Stein was a “bottom-dwelling candidate” who was wasting both the state’s time and money.
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