Presidential recounts underway in Wayne County

Michigan's unprecedented presidential recount effort is growing as more counties start tabulating votes by hand.

Oakland County started its recount Monday and volunteers in Macomb and Wayne Counties started sorting through the ballots on Tuesday.

Wayne County voters packed the Cobo Center to count the estimated 800,000 votes. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, they had counted 71 precincts and 7 of them were deemed uncountable, for one reason or another.

Representative of the major presidential parties observed the recount and the entire process is overseen by election officials so let's review the process.

"When the ballot container is brought to their station, they're making sure it's sealed properly. No one can stick their hand in it take ballots in or take ballots out," Fred Woodhams, with the Secretary of State's office said.

Once they examine the container, they verify that the number of ballots in the box matches what's on the books. If it doesn't, the box is uncountable.

If the seal is broken or a number of ballots in the box doesn't match the number on the poll book, then that precinct won't be counted. The votes will be counted, unless they're not real candidates for president.

"I've seen Ben Carson, Marco Rubio or Bernie Sanders, all have gotten votes for president. All don't count and all are considered under votes." Republican Consultant Stu Sandler said.

Michigan had a higher than normal under vote for president this time; meaning those votes don't count.

The deadline to have the ballots counted is December 13th. Workers are counting from 9 am to 7 pm and election officials are confident they'll complete it in time.

Deadline: December 13th and the head of election says, he'll get it done.

"I’ve got a federal court judge to make sure that the resources are there, so we're taking our best shot at it."

 


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