Federal judge orders immediate start of Michigan recount

Granting the request of Green Party candidate Jill Stein, a federal judge ordered Michigan to start a recount today of presidential ballots and to “assemble necessary staff to work sufficient hours” to complete the recount by a December 13 federal deadline.

 

Stein and the Green Party are also suing for recounts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, suggesting with no evidence whatsoever that voting machines in all three states may have been the target of some type of vote-tampering cyberattack.

 

As the Michigan Republican Party’s attorney Gary Gordon pointed out, “Michigan’s voting machines are not connected to the Internet and are secured in such a way that ‘the gremlins and the Martians and the Russian hackers’ can’t get to them.”

 

Yet Stein seems mystified why 75,000 Michigan ballots included no vote for president and declares it must be hacking.

 

Despite raising a reported $7 million for recount efforts, most of the estimated $5 million cost of the recount, minus the $973,250 recount petition fee Stein paid, will be borne by Michigan taxpayers.

 

Meanwhile, the Michigan Legislature in its lame duck session is considering genuine efforts to increase the security of the state’s elections by strengthening voter ID requirements.