Dueling Michigan Recount Lawsuits, in Federal and State Courts


Green Party candidate Jill Stein is asking a federal judge to order Michigan to quickly start a recount of presidential votes.

…The recount could start Wednesday because officials say state law requires a break of at least two business days.

Stein’s attorney, Mark Brewer, filed a lawsuit Friday….  He says the delay means the recount might not be finished by a Dec. 13 deadline.

If that’s really Stein’s claim (I haven’t seen the complaint), then it would suffer from the same problem as the pro-Trump PACs’ due process claim in their Wisconsin lawsuit: there’s no federal-law mandate that the recount be completed by the safe-harbor date.

Meanwhile, Trump and the Michigan attorney general are both trying to stop that state’s recount. Trump’s team has reportedly sued in state court claiming that Stein lacks standing to demand a recount. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (a Republican) has also sued to stop the recount.

Update:  Richard Winger has Stein’s complaint here.


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