Michigan’s elections board will consider Friday a request from President-elect Donald Trump to block a hand recount of the state’s 4.8 million votes cast asked for by Green Party’s Jill Stein – who Trump’s lawyers called a “bottom-dwelling candidate.”
Trump’s lawyers argued Thursday that Stein should not be allowed to seek the recount because she was not “aggrieved” as the potential miscount could not conceivably have cost her the election. They also argued that Stein waited so late to file her recount petition, which the candidate filed Wednesday, that it will be impossible to finish by the Dec. 13 deadline.
“Stein, in fact, finished no higher than fourth in any state where she appeared on the ballot. Yet despite being just a blip on the electoral radar, Stein has now commandeered Michigan’s electoral process,” they wrote in their filing.
“[The law] has never been understood to permit challenges by bottom-dwelling (and thus not aggrieved) candidates like Stein,” the argued.
The objections from Trump’s team suspends the planned Friday start of the recount until next week. A recount is already underway in Wisconsin, and Stein is also pushing for a court-ordered statewide recount in Pennsylvania. Trump won Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in the election – all states that pollsters had predicted would go to Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.