President-elect Donald Trump was certified on Monday as the winner of Michigan with a 4-0 vote by The Michigan Board of Canvassers. Trump has officially won the state’s 16 electoral votes with a margin of 10,704 votes over Hillary Clinton.
The Detroit Free Press reported that the release of this certification starts the 48-hour period that Green Party candidate Jill Stein has to file for a recount in the state. From there, Trump has up to seven days to contest the recount after it is filed.
If Trump does decide to contest the request for a recount, he would have to file the paperwork with the Michigan Secretary of State, and the Board of State Canvassers will decide if the recount will happen or not.
“If the objections are overturned by the board, the recount can commence after the second business day following the issuance of the board’s decision,” Secretary of State Spokesman Fred Woodhams told the Detroit Free Press.
This process could drag out well into December, and if recounts do happen, they may not start until as late as December 12th.
The Detroit Free Press also reported how expensive a recount in the state will be. They estimated it would cost $787,500, at $125 for each of Michigan’s 6,300 precincts.
According to Stein’s fundraising page, she has currently raised over $6.3 Million to fund recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Vote counts show Trump won Michigan with 2,279,543 votes (47.6 percent), compared Clinton’s 2,268,839 votes (47.4 percent). Trump is the first Republican presidential candidate to win the state since George H.W. Bush’s victory in 1988.
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