Michigan vote recount begins

- Michigan has started its presidential election recount.

Oakland County started re-counting its votes Monday after a federal judge ordered elections officials to get the process moving to meet a Dec. 13 deadline. Ingham County also started Monday, and other counties will follow this week.

The recount comes at the request of Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who also requested recounts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Republican Donald Trump narrowly defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in all three states on his way to victory. Stein won about 1 percent of the vote in each of the three states.

Wisconsin's recount started last week. Green Party lawyers filed a lawsuit in a Philadelphia federal court earlier Monday asking a judge to order a recount in Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, Michigan's appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday on a Trump request to halt the recount.

Stein is trying to force recounts in three states. The Green Party is trying to force a federal court order for a statewide recount in Pennsylvania, and the count is already underway in Wisconsin. In Nevada, a partial recount of the race was requested by independent presidential candidate Roque De La Fuente.

These are all battleground states in which Trump narrowly beat opponent Hillary Clinton.

Trump's victory in Michigan was not officially called until November 28, nearly four weeks after the election. The Board of State Canvassers said Trump won by 10,704 votes -- which is two-tenths of a percentage point. They say it's the closest presidential race in Michigan in more than 75 years.

Trump's win in Michigan gives the Republican 306 electoral votes to Democrat Hillary Clinton's 232.

Trump is the first Republican presidential nominee to win Michigan since 1988.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Up Next:


  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories you may be interested in - includes Advertiser Stories