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Jill Stein may have been a failed presidential candidate by capturing only 1% of vote, however – Stein’s recount fundraising efforts would leave the uninformed to believe she still has a chance to win the Oval Office.  Jill Stein has announced that she is seeking a recount in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan due to “reported anomalies” – however, no such evidence actually exists so far.

President-elect Donald Trump won swing states Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan which was certified Monday, Nov 28th.

Michigan Secretary of State 2016 Presidential Election results:

The results below have been canvassed and certified by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers on Nov. 28. Trump leads Clinton by 10,704 votes.

2,279,543 Donald J. Trump, Republican
2,268,839 Hillary Clinton, Democratic
172,136 Gary Johnson, Libertarian
51,463 Jill Stein, Green
16,139 Darrell L. Castle, U.S. Taxpayers
8,177 Evan McMullin, write-in
2,209 Emidio Mimi Soltysik, Natural Law
517 Michael Maturen, write-in
95 Tom Hoefling, write-in
87 Laurence Kotlikoff, write-in
39 Ben Hartnell, write-in
30 Monica Moorehead, write-in
10 Cherunda Fox, write-in

Recount Facts:

  • Per state law, the Stein campaign must pay $973,250 to file for a recount.  That is $125 per precinct for Michigan’s 7,786 precincts.  However, the costs of a recount are expected to far exceed this amount.
  • In the course of one day, the Secretary of State’s office changed from an estimate of $900,000 to over $2 million, and as of today, $5 million.
      • In Wisconsin, the estimated cost of the recount is $3.9 million (an increase in the estimate since yesterday’s news stories).
        • Wisconsin has 2.9 million votes to count, Michigan has 4.8 million.
        • Much of Wisconsin’s recount will be conducted with machines.  Michigan’s will be a hand recount.
      • The cost of conducting elections on Election Day are between $10-12 million.  That is using machines and occurring on one day.  A recount will be by hand, over multiple days, and include additional expenses such as overtime, security, travel, and food.
      • Here is what you can do to help:
        • Go to migop.org/recount and sign up to volunteer and donate
        • Go to migop.org/stop-the-recount to sign the petition calling on Hillary Clinton and her fellow Democrats to demand an end to this wasteful and unnecessary recount.

      Here are various news clips that discuss the cost of a recount in Michigan:

    • Editor’s Note: Recount Waste Of Time, Money

      The Detroit News, http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/ingrid-jacques/2016/11/28/editors-note-recount-waste-time-money/94582708/

      “The Secretary of State’s office has estimated Stein will have to pay $790,000 — $125 for each precinct — as laid out in state statute. Sandler estimates the true cost to the state will be closer to $12 million, based on past recount expenses for counties. That’s a large financial burden for something that’s unlikely to change the outcome… This recount effort will cost the state, and it doesn’t pose any benefit to state residents.”

    • Michigan Presidential Recount Could Cost Taxpayers Nearly $1M

      The Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2016/11/29/secretary-state-says-recount-cost-could-near-2m/94612906/

      “Taxpayers could be on the hook for close to $1 million — or more — for a proposed recount of Michigan’s presidential election results, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said Tuesday. … But Michigan Elections Director Chris Thomas said Monday the actual cost charged to Stein could be around $900,000, based on the final size of the recount and the addition of absentee ballot precincts. Any cost beyond the $125 per precinct would be borne by taxpayers at the county level, he said. … Stein’s campaign said in a Tuesday news release it expects to pay a Michigan filing fee of $973,250. But Tuesday, appearing on the ‘Paul W. Smith Show’ on WJR-AM (760), Johnson estimated the cost will be double what Thomas estimated. ‘I don’t think that $900,000 will cover half,’ Johnson said, though there is no way of knowing for sure, in advance. ‘We’ll have to see exactly what the cost is.’ If the cost was $1.8 million and Stein paid $973,250, taxpayers would be on the hook for close to $827,000, unless Stein is charged more than currently planned. And Johnson suggested the cost could top $1.8 million.”

      “’This process is unnecessary.,’ Michigan Republican Party spokeswoman Sara Anderson said Tuesday. ‘It will be a costly and massive undertaking, for no good reason, if the recount is requested.’ Eric Doster, an attorney for the party, said Tuesday he thinks the total cost could be well in excess of $2 million.”

    • Counties Prepare For ‘Huge Task’ Of Recount; Republicans Say It Could Cost $12M

      Fox 17, http://fox17online.com/2016/11/29/county-clerks-prepare-for-huge-task-of-recount-republicans-say-it-could-cost-12m/

      “County clerks say they are scrambling to prepare for a looming statewide election recount—the first in the state in more than half a century—that could begin within the next 72 hours and cost taxpayers more than $12 million, Republicans argue.”

      “In addition to the extra time workers will spend on the recount, counties expect to spend extra money beyond what the state will reimburse for such an event. … On Tuesday, Michigan Republicans claimed the request for a hand recount could cost taxpayers up to $12 million, a dozen times what Stein will have to pay. GOP attorney Eric Doster, who will help represent President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign in the recount, said he can’t imagine the recount costing less than $10 to $12 million — the cost of a statewide election. Republicans cite “astronomical” costs of overtime pay, training, security and travel. Michigan GOP Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel declines to say if Republicans will challenge the recount or take legal action, saying Stein hasn’t yet made her request.”

    • State Officials Gear Up For Michigan Recount Effort

      The Detroit News, http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2016/11/28/jill-stein-recount/94539238/

      “Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel ripped Stein for pursuing the recount and called on Clinton to renounce it. ‘Michigan voters are being disenfranchised, and this recount should not happen,” McDaniel said. ‘… Hillary Clinton should call off the recount. She should ask Jill Stein to abide by the results that were certified today.’”

    • Republicans Say Michigan Recount May Cost $12 Million

      The Associated Press, http://gazette.com/republicans-say-michigan-recount-may-cost-12-million/article/feed/426555

      “Michigan Republicans say Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s planned request for a hand recount of presidential votes could cost taxpayers up to $12 million, a dozen times what she will have to pay. GOP attorney Eric Doster, who will help represent President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign in the recount, said Tuesday he can’t imagine the recount costing less than $10 to $12 million — the cost of a statewide election. Republicans cite ‘astronomical’ costs of overtime pay, training, security and travel. Stein plans to file her recount petition Wednesday and will pay the required $973,250. Michigan GOP Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel declines to say if Republicans will challenge the recount or take legal action, saying Stein hasn’t yet made her request.”

    • Republicans Predict Recount Costs Will Be “Eye-Popping”

      Michigan Public Radio, http://michiganradio.org/post/republicans-predict-recount-costs-will-be-eye-popping

    • Michigan Recount Costs Could Equal Wisconsin’s

      Detroit Patch, http://patch.com/michigan/detroit/swing-state-hacking-fear-recount-cost-michigan-could-equal-wisconsin

      “The estimated cost of recounting all the votes in Michigan’s presidential election continues to rise. State officials plan to charge Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein almost $1 million to conduct the recount. But Secretary of State Ruth Johnson guessed as much as $2 million.  Republican Party attorney Eric Doster thinks it will be closer to the $10 million cost of running a statewide election. ‘I can’t imagine the cost could be any less for a statewide recount than a statewide election,’ he said. ‘And that’s a one-day event, a statewide election. This is going to go a lot longer than one day, folks.’ Any cost above what the state charges the Stein campaign would have to be picked up by taxpayers. ‘This recount is a ridiculous waste of time and resources,’ said Michigan Republican Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel. She called on Stein to give up on the Michigan recount.

      “In Michigan, Johnson said a hand recount of the 4.8 million ballots cast in the Nov. 8 election could approach the same costs as in Wisconsin. The projected $2 million tab in Michigan is more than double what Stein will be required to pay to hand-count ballots in the state’s 3,600 precincts — about $790,000.

      Fred Woodhams, a spokesman for Johnson’s office, said in a Tuesday email to The Detroit News that the recount costs in Michigan and Wisconsin could be similar. “Wisconsin and Michigan have roughly the same geographical size, and the same number of counties and local voting jurisdictions,” he wrote.

      “It’s hard to really predict, but I don’t think the $900,000 will really cover half,” Johnson told WJR Radio.

      Stein has until 5 p.m. Wednesday to ask for a recount in Michigan. She has assured supporters of the effort that she will do so.

      Michigan Republican Party chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said Tuesday there is no precedent for a statewide recount in Michigan that would overturn 1,000 votes, much less 10,000 votes.

      “Democrats need to publicly accept the results of this election. Donald Trump won Michigan by a significant margin and Green Party officials and Democrats admit there is no fraud or impropriety and this will not change the results,” McDaniel said in a statement. “The unwillingness to accept the outcome undermines the will of Michigan voters and the election process. It’s nothing more than a fundraising scam. I am calling on every Democrat elected official to oppose this wasteful, insulting recount.”

      She claimed the argument that the recounts are necessary to ensure the integrity of the lection “is bogus.”

      “This frivolous recount undermines the election process and Democrats should demand that the Stein campaign drop this sham immediately,” McDaniel said.”

    • Republicans Say Michigan Recount May Cost $12 Million

      WoodTV, http://woodtv.com/2016/11/29/republicans-say-michigan-recount-may-cost-12-million/

      “Michigan Republicans say Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s planned request for a hand recount of presidential votes could cost taxpayers up to $12 million, a dozen times what she will have to pay. GOP attorney Eric Doster, who will help represent President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign in the recount, said Tuesday he can’t imagine the recount costing less than $10 to $12 million — the cost of a statewide election. Should Michigan do a recount for the presidential election? Republicans cite “astronomical” costs of overtime pay, training, security and travel. Kent County Clerk Mary Hollinrake says with the holidays closing in, recruiting trained election workers for the recount hasn’t been easy.”

    • Republicans Say Michigan Recount May Cost Taxpayers $12 Million

      CBS Detroit, http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2016/11/30/republicans-say-michigan-recount-may-cost-taypayers-12-million/

      “Michigan Republicans say Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s planned request for a hand recount of presidential votes could cost taxpayers up to $12 million, a dozen times what she will have to pay. GOP attorney Eric Doster, who will help represent President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign in the recount, said Tuesday he can’t imagine the recount costing less than $10 to $12 million — the cost of a statewide election. Republicans cite “astronomical” costs of overtime pay, training, security and travel.”

    • Jill Stein’s Michigan Recount Could Cost Taxpayers $12 Million

      Fox News, http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/11/30/jill-stein-michigan-election-recount-could-cost-taxpayers-12-million

      “Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is expected to file a request Wednesday for a recount of the nearly 4.8 million ballots cast in the state of Michigan during the presidential election. The recount in the battleground state could potentially cost taxpayers upwards of $12 million, according to Michigan Republican Party leaders. According to the Detroit Free Press, a recount could begin as soon as Friday, with the goal of finishing by Dec. 10. GOP attorney Eric Doster, who will help represent President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign in the recount, said Tuesday that he can’t imagine the recount costing less than $10 to $12 million — the cost of a statewide election. He cited ‘astronomical’ costs of overtime pay, training, security and travel.”

    • County Clerks Count Costs, Statewide Recount Estimate Now Pegged At $2M

      MIRS News, https://mirsnews.com/capsule.php?gid=4971 – 48556

      As Michigan waits on Jill STEIN‘s pledge to trigger a recount of the state’s presidential election results, county clerks are gearing up to pay for what is now being estimated to cost at least $2 million statewide.  Beyond the $790,000 the state is seeking from Stein with the filing of the petition — which amounts to $125 per precinct — the rest is likely going to fall to the counties.

      The county clerks are now trying to figure out the logistics of transporting and guarding ballots, renting spaces, hiring workers and feeding them for what is expected to be some long days ahead.

      “They’re going to be working from probably 8:30 to 7 o’clock, so I’m feeding them,” said Ingham County Clerk Barb BYRUM about the election workers she’s looking to hire.

      Byrum has done some tallying and put the total for her operations at around $7,530 per day, plus $800 for renting tables and chairs. Stretching that for six days at the least, it could cost upwards of $45,000, she said.

      “This is a substantial stress on my budget,” Byrum said. “It’s going to be a financial stress for Ingham County, without a doubt.”

      Midland County Clerk Ann MANARY, who appeared on a call organized by the Michigan Republican Party (MRP) today, said her estimated bill to bring along extra workers could be more than $10,000 alone. She said the state would probably only reimburse a bit more than half that.

      Secretary of State Ruth JOHNSON was quoted as saying today she’s now estimating this could cost $2 million statewide.

      That’s after State Elections Director Chris THOMAS pegged it going at least for $900,000 Monday (See “Jill Stein Expected To Ask For Recount Of MI’s Presidential Vote,” 11/28/16).

      Yet, the Michigan Republican Party (MRP) Chair Ronna Romney McDANIEL said Johnson’s $2 million estimate should be considered low. A similar recount request in Wisconsin could cost nearly $3.5 million, according to a Detroit News report.

      Eric DOSTER, an elections attorney for the MRP, said statewide elections cost anywhere from $10 to $12 million, and this potential recount process — to be done manually by hand — would likely use more staff, he said. Doster called the $2 million estimate “remarkably low.”

      An opposing candidate can object to the recount, which would halt the process. Thomas has already said any delays in the tight timeline the state is developing could make the projected Dec. 13 deadline to complete a recount a tough one to make.

      Yet MRP officials have not committed to filing an objection, saying they’re going to wait to see this possible recount petition from Stein before doing anything.

      Doster said if the process isn’t complete by Dec. 13, he’s concerned about that jeopardizing having Michigan’s electors in place for the Dec. 19 convening of the Electoral College, and that it could run the risk of disenfranchising Michigan’s voters.

      For now, though, Michigan’s election results are officially certified – Donald TRUMP beat Hillary CLINTON by 10,704 votes.

      A spokesperson for the Stein campaign did not return messages today. Any recount petitions are due to the state by Wednesday afternoon.

      Stein and her Michigan surrogate Mark BREWER have said asking for the recount is not about flipping the election one way or the other, but to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the election.

      It’s a response to concerns from some that the machine vote tabulators used in Michigan are prone to error and possible manipulation, although specific proof has not surfaced to show fraud has occurred.

     Source: MRP
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