According to a campaign official, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has hired former firebrand Michigan Democratic Party chairman Mark Brewer as her attorney (I had no idea he was an attorney due to the way he acted) in a statewide hand recount Ms. Stein plans to request by this Wednesday’s deadline.

When this recount is requested Ms. Stein will have 48-hour’s to exercise her right to request and pay for a hand recount of the 4.8 million votes cast in the November 8th election.

The amount she must pay is a paltry $125 per precinct, do you believe that will really cover the true cost?  There are approximately 6,300 precincts in Michigan for a total cost of $787,500.  Now I guess we would have to see if they are requesting a full recount or some subset of each precinct, although even with recounting just a subset I still do not see how $125.00 would cover the cost.

I believe in recounts when the vote is very close but I also believe that the people or groups requesting the recount fully pay for that cost.  As I stated above I do not believe that $125.00 per precinct will come close to covering the cost.  We must look at passing a bill that states the requesting party pay the full cost of the recount whatever that cost ends up being.  Perhaps we make the requesting party put in escrow enough funds to ensure payment.

When the recount is requested the winner in the race, in this case President-elect Donald Trump, would have 7 days to contest the recount.

If the request is contested, Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers would have to hold a hearing on the objections by the winner and issue a ruling within 5 days.

Do you think a recount is warranted in Michigan?

What are your thoughts on this recount business?  Is Jill Stein and Hillary Clinton, since she has stated she will join this effort, attempting to just delegitimize President-Elect Donald Trump’s eventually Presidency?

Let’s talk about this today on The Live with Renk Show which airs Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon. To let me know your thoughts during the show please call (269) 441-9595.

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