Stein requests presidential recount in Michigan
LANSING - Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein has requested a full hand recount of Michigan's presidential vote.
Stein requested the recount on Wednesday. She had already requested recounts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Republican Donald Trump won all three states. He defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Michigan by 10,704 votes out of nearly 4.8 million ballots cast. Stein alleges that irregularities and the potential for hacking into scanning devices call into question the results.
The Michigan recount could start as early as Friday.
Trump's victory is highly unlikely to be reversed in any of the states. But Stein says the recount will ensure the integrity of the election.
Republicans say the recount will cost taxpayers far more than the $973,000 Stein must pay when filing her recount petition.
Stein is pushing back against charges from Wisconsin Republicans that she illegally coordinated with Clinton to raise money for recounts in three states.
Stein campaign manager David Cobb said in a statement Wednesday that "The recount effort is non-partisan and Stein is not coordinating with any other campaign."
Cobb says, "Any allegations to the contrary are fabrications." He says the Wisconsin Republican Party's complaint to the Federal Elections Commission "is nothing but a PR stunt to push a false narrative that will ultimately have no impact on the recount in Wisconsin."
The complaint contends that Clinton is the only person who could benefit from a recount and that she appears to have illegally helped Stein raise nearly $7 million for the recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.