MASON, Mich (WLNS) – The recount of Michigan’s presidential vote is triggering the need to hire additional workers in Ingham County.
Clerk Barb Byrum says she will need to hire up to 75 people to assist in counting ballots beginning this Friday.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein filed an official petition requesting a recount earlier today.
“This recount process will be monumental for Ingham County and the State of Michigan as a whole,” Byrum said.
According to Byrum, she is seeking the assistance of up to 75 recount workers so that she can have at least 50 working at a time at the Main Arena in the Ingham County Fairgrounds.
The shifts will be from 8 am to 7 pm from December 2nd to December 12th, including weekends.
Byrum said those interested in serving as a recount worker should send the following information via email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
• First and Last Name
• Email Address
• Cell Phone Number
• Party Affiliation
• If served as a poll worker or challenger on election day, what precinct(s)
She added that the rate of pay for recount workers will be $125 for each entire shift worked, as determined today by the Ingham County Board of Canvassers.
Michigan Republican Party chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel says the recount will cost Michigan taxpayers millions of dollars.
“The filing by Jill Stein is a reckless attempt to undermine the will of Michigan voters. Jill Stein made her 1% temper tantrum official and will waste millions of Michigan taxpayers’ dollars, and has acknowledged that the recount will not change anything regarding the Presidential election,” stated McDaniel.
Republicans claim the recount costs could top $12 million.