Another Day, Another $5 Million for the 1% Recount

Michigan Secretary of State Tells Michigan Voters Recount Costs Will Now Be $5 Million

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 30, 2016 – Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson estimated today that the recount asked for by Jill Stein will cost upwards of $5 million, $4 million of which will be passed on to Michigan taxpayers. Estimates for the recount have skyrocketed from less than $1 million to $5 million in the last 3 days, and are likely to continue to increase as clerks and local governments start compiling the astronomical associated costs. The recount was requested by Jill Stein, who received 1.07% of Michigan’s presidential vote, and who has acknowledged that there is no evidence of fraud or wrongdoing, and that the results of the election will not change.

“Jill Stein’s taxpayer funded temper tantrum will waste millions and will not change anything regarding the Presidential election,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel. “Jill Stein should withdraw her request immediately, and Michigan Democrats should join in our call for her to do so,” McDaniel continued. “We can all agree that Michiganders tax dollars should go to something that matters, not to a burdensome and costly endeavor that will have no bearing on the outcome of the election.”

Stein filed her petition for recount with the Michigan Secretary of State today with less than one hour before the filing deadline.

The Board of Canvassers certified the November 8, 2016 election results on Monday at 2:00 pm, certifying Donald J. Trump receiving 2,279,543 votes and Jill Stein receiving 51,463.

Michiganders looking to get involved should visit migop.org/recount.