Local Clerks prepare for possible recount in Michigan

(WLNS) – Clerks across the state are calling in reinforcements for the possible upcoming recount of votes across Michigan.

Just two weeks after Donald Trump was announced the President of the United States, Jill Stein has called for a recount of votes, after receiving just over 1% of the vote in Michigan.

“I’m acting as though it is a go,” Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum said.

Byrum says a lot goes into planning for a recount.

“Who those individuals are that can work, who is available, have to decide on what they’re going to get paid,” Byrum lists.

Byrum says she’s planning to hire at least 50 people to hand count the more than 100,000 ballots cast in Ingham County.

“It’s going to be a huge undertaking”.

She also has the task of finding a space large enough for the workers, right now she has her sights set on the County Fairgrounds in Mason. That is just a glimpse of what is happening across the entire state.

“It will literally take thousands of people,” Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said. “It will be so many people that are there first of all in an official capacity and then there will also be watchers from both parties, and attorneys”.

Before a recount, the clerks also have to make sure the number of ballots and voters match up in each precinct across the state.

“If someone had tampered with the ballots after election day it would be evident,” City of Lansing Clerk Chris Swope said.

Once everything is set to go, officials say the process is daunting.

“They will have grueling hours, weekends, nights, it will be 100% effort to get it done as soon as possible,” Johnson said.

Trump beat Clinton in Michigan by just more than 10,000 votes, making it the closest election here in 75 years. Even with that close a margin, Swope isn’t counting on anything to change.

“I think we know who our next President is”.

Byrum says the earliest they would start the recall is Thursday, and it has to be completed by December 12.

Clerks will know after 2 p.m. Wednesday whether or not the state will be doing the recount, if Michigan does have to recount, Johnson says it will cost the state more than $3 million in taxpayer dollars.


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