Trump Sues Michigan Election Officials Over Presidential Recount

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2016 file photo, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein speaks during a news conference at South Austin neighborhood in Chicago. Most voters who plan to support third party candidates like Libertarian Gary Johnson and Stein say their minds aren’t completely made up about which candidate to support in November, lending an element of unpredictability to the presidential race this fall. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim, File)

President-elect Donald Trump sued the Michigan Board of State Canvassers and Michigan Elections Director Chris Thomas in the latest attempt to prevent a recount of the  presidential vote. The suit, filed Friday evening with the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court, requests leave to appeal the Board of Canvassers’ ruling allowing the recount requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein to proceed, and requests the court put a stop to the recount.


In the lawsuit, Trump’s attorneys argue the Board of State Canvassers should have rejected Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein’s recount petition because she did not show herself sufficiently aggrieved:

If the Bureau of Elections moves forward with the recount, it will waste the State’s scarce resources, create a logistical nightmare for counties across the State, and assure that Michigan’s Electoral College voters will not be counted.

The lawsuit from Trump’s team is the latest legal challenge to the statewide ballot recount, which was given the go-ahead to proceed when the Board of State Canvassers deadlocked on the objection filed by Trump.

Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a similar suit Friday morning prior to the Board of State Canvassers meeting.

The recount is now set to begin early next week.

Stein received just over 1 percent of the vote in Michigan. No reasonable person expects the recount to change the outcome.


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