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Trump campaign objects to recount efforts in Michigan

"How can every citizen’s voice be heard if we do not know if every citizen’s vote is counted correctly?" Green Party candidate Jill Stein said Thursday.

By Doug G. Ware
Trump campaign objects to recount efforts in Michigan
A screenshot of Michigan's presidential recount schedule shows that the state's Board of State Canvassers will review an objection filed by President-elect Donald Trump's campaign on Friday. The recount was ordered by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Similar recounts have been requested in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Image courtesy Michigan Department of State

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The campaign of President-elect Donald Trump officially stepped in Thursday to stop or delay an election recount from happening in the state of Michigan.

Lawyers for Trump filed an objection to the recount request spearheaded by Green Party candidate Jill Stein this week, saying the demand is "lawless" and "insulting."

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"Voters should not risk having the Electoral College door knocked off its hinges all because a 1 percent candidate is dissatisfied with the election's outcome," the objection states. "Given her tiny vote total, Stein does not and could not possibly allege a good faith belief that she may have won the state of Michigan."

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Stein has requested recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan -- three states won by Trump on election day that have all voted Democratic for decades. If a recount somehow showed Hillary Clinton as the winner, the states carry enough electoral votes to give her the presidency.

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Stein, though, has said the purpose of the recounts is to ensure voting integrity -- even though no solid evidence has been produced to indicate anomalies or errors.

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Stein even raised nearly $7 million to cover the cost of the recounts.

Trump beat Clinton in Michigan by fewer than 10,000 votes, about 23,000 votes in Wisconsin and 70,000 in Pennsylvania.

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The Trump campaign's action places a hold on recount efforts until the Michigan Board of Canvassers can review the objection Friday morning. Recount efforts can't begin until two days after the ruling, putting the potential start next week at the earliest.

"How can every citizen's voice be heard if we do not know if every citizen's vote is counted correctly?" Stein wrote in an op-ed in USA Today Thursday. "In 2004, for instance, it was only after a recount that news emerged that 90,000 votes were not counted by scanners because the machines were not properly calibrated -- and that was just one county in Ohio.

"I chose to pursue recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania because they provide the best way to verify the vote in this election. All three have razor-thin margins, potentially vulnerable voting systems and were the source of heightened concern over irregularities."

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