Trump And Republican Allies Move To Block Election Recount
Donald Trump and his Republicans allies are trying to freeze recount efforts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin –three states in which the president-elect narrowly beat Hillary Clinton– as they seek to preserve the legitimacy of Trump’s win.
Trump’s attorneys, colluding with entities aligned with the president-elect, have filed an objection Thursday with the Michigan Bureau of Elections, several news outlets reported. The move, under Michigan law, halts the recount until the complaint is resolved, according to Politico.
The objection in Michigan comes one day after the Wisconsin Republican Party filed a Federal Election Commission complaint arguing that Stein is pushing a recount there to benefit former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Stein’s campaign has raised money and sought recounts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, three states that Trump won narrowly last month in the presidential election.
According to report, the recount, scheduled to begin Friday in Ingham and Oakland counties, is now awaiting a Board of State Canvassers ruling on the objection.
The board, which must resolve the objection within five days according to state law, is scheduled to meet Friday to consider the matter. If the board fails to adopt the objection, the recount will go forward, but if the board does adopt it, the recount will cease.
Michigan’s attorney general Bill Schuette has also filed a lawsuit to stop the recount of the presidential election results, his office announced on Friday.
Schuette’s lawsuit asks the Michigan Board of Canvassers to reject Stein’s recount request on the grounds that Stein has no showed evidence that fraud or widespread errors were committed. He also filed an emergency motion with the state Supreme Court to skip the Court of Appeals for immediate consideration.
In an op-ed published Thursday in USA Today, Stein argued, “in the age of computerized voting machines and unprecedented corporate influence in our elections, our electoral system is under increasing threat.”
Even so, she explained that her aim isn’t to change the election results but rather “ensure the integrity and accuracy of the vote.”
“All Americans, regardless of party, deserve to know that this and every election is fair and that the vote is verified,” she wrote.
“The Trump campaign’s cynical efforts to delay the recount and create unnecessary costs for taxpayers are shameful and outrageous.”