UPDATE 1:12 p.m. – A federal judge in Detroit says he will issue a written opinion on whether the Jill Stein recount can continue or should be stopped. Lawyers argued in front of Judge Mark Goldsmith this morning on the recount. Judge Goldsmith issued a ruling early Monday that rejected an effort by Michigan state officials to wait two business days before starting to hand-count about 4.8 million ballots.
LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Recounts began today for both Jackson and Eaton counties but all of that could soon come to an end.
A federal judge in Detroit, the same judge who allowed the recount to begin early, will make a decision today on whether or not it should continue.
So where does the Board of State Canvassers fit into all of this?
The board met this morning to discuss a state Court of Appeals ruling issued just last night saying that they should never have let the recount begin in the first place.
During this morning’s meeting the Board of State Canvassers heard from both sides.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s representative Mark Brewer gave reasons on why he believes it’s important to continue the recount.
He says, within just two days, many of the precincts have seen large discrepancies between the votes reported on Election Day and the votes in the precinct ballot containers.
He continued, saying to stop it at this point would only make the situation worse in terms of the integrity of the system and he urged not to stop the recount.
However, representatives of President-elect Donald Trump claim the recount process hasn’t proved anything remarkable and Dr. Stein has lost votes as a result of the recount.
Tuesday evening a federal appeals court in Ohio upheld a judge’s decision to allow Michigan’s recount to start on Monday.
Around the same time a state Court of Appeals judge ruled that the Board of Canvassers shouldn’t have allowed a Michigan recount in the first place on grounds that Jill Stein’s original petition wasn’t valid.
The Board of State Canvassers has adjourned until 1:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
The Board is also scheduled to meet tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. to address any objections to the recount petition.
6 News will be in the room with them and will update this developing story online and on 6 News.