UPDATE: Michigan GOP files appeal with 6th Circuit as challenged recount continues

Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s requested hand recount of about 4.8 million presidential ballots continues as the Michigan Republican Party filed a notice of appeal Monday afternoon with the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to stop the recount.

 

Attorney Gary Gordon argued Sunday on behalf of the Michigan GOP that “Stein had no chance of overturning the election results — Stein finished a distant 4th in Michigan to Republican president-elect Donald Trump — her concerns about votes not being counted properly were merely speculative, and the recount would result in excessive costs for Michigan taxpayers.”

 

But U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled that Stein demonstrated “a credible threat that the recount, if delayed, would not be completed” by a December 13 federal deadline¬†and ordered the recount to begin Monday rather than after a two-day waiting period as required by Michigan law.