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Trump campaign objects to Michigan hand recount

Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 1:10 p.m.

LANSING, Mich. – President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign has filed an objection to Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s request for a hand recount of Michigan’s presidential election votes.

The objection filed Thursday will delay or block the recount, which the state was planning to begin Friday.

The Board of State Canvassers has scheduled a meeting Friday to hear arguments. The Michigan Bureau of Elections says the recount cannot begin until two business days after the four-member, bipartisan board resolves the objection.

Trump’s attorneys say Stein, who finished fourth in Michigan, is not “aggrieved” by any alleged election fraud or mistake, that a recount couldn’t be finished on time and that her petition wasn’t properly signed. Trump says Stein is asking for an expensive, time-consuming recount “on the basis of nothing more than speculation.”

Stein has also requested recounts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which began its recount on Thursday.

Watching in Wisconsin

Observers representing Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein are spread out throughout Wisconsin to watch as ballots are recounted.

Trump’s Wisconsin campaign director Pete Meachum was in Madison on Thursday for the start of the recount. Meachum says the campaign had people in every major county across the state. Trump won Wisconsin by about 22,000 votes, or less than a percentage point.

Stein has raised questions about the integrity of votes cast in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan without presenting any proof of wrongdoing.

Stein said in a statement that “verifying the vote through this recount is the only way to confirm that every vote has been counted securely and accurately and is not compromised by machine or human error, or by tampering or hacking.”