Recount training begins for state counties

It was a deadline set earlier this week, and today before 2pm, third party candidate, Jill Stein, who was on the loosing side of the general election, filed for a recount in three states, including Michigan.

In addition to our state, recount requests have already been submitted in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

If ordered, the recount could start as soon as Friday.

As the tally stands now, President Elect, Donald Trump, won Michigan by just under 11,000 votes.

While the recount hasn’t been confirmed yet, that isn’t stopping county leaders from preparing for it.

Down in Jackson tonight, election officials held a training session for people wanting to help re-count the votes.

Today, was just the first of many training sessions volunteers will go through, before participating in the possible recount.

Dozens of people turned out to learn things like, what to look for on a ballot, what to expect in the counting room, and how to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

“It’s democracy, that’s the way it’s supposed to be. If something didn’t go right the day of voting, we want to make sure that we fix it now,” says Daveda Quinn, a volunteer.

Quinn says it’s her duty as a citizen to make sure each ballot wasn’t just counted, but counted correctly.

Quinn is one of many in Jackson County, learning what to be on the lookout for, when hand-counting a ballot.

“A scratch mark, a check mark, a smiley face, anything on the ballot that could have constituted once it went through the machine,” says Quinn.

Those machines, are what Mark Brewer, Former Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, now representing Jill Stein’s re-count effort, is claiming caused many Michigan votes to go uncounted on Election Day.

“Our goal here is to make sure that everybody who voted in the presidential race, has that vote recorded. The final results are unimportant to us. What we want to make sure is that the votes are protected and all the votes are counted, says Brewer.

However, many believe by re-counting each vote individually, it won’t make a difference in the final tally.

“I certainly don’t think that anyone should be holding their breath for changes to the election outcome or major changes in votes, but we will get a chance to see how close the electronic tally’s end up being with the hand tally’s,” says Matt Grossmann, Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.

Now some of the residents who would help with the recount are volunteers, while others will be getting paid.

 

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