MICHIGAN: Federal Judge Orders Recount, State GOP Chair “Outraged” That Jill Stein Is Using The Courts

The Detroit Free Press reports:

A federal judge early Monday morning ordered a recount of Michigan’s presidential ballots to begin at noon on Monday, and for the state to “assemble necessary staff to work sufficient hours” to complete the recount by a Dec. 13 federal deadline.

Lawyers for Green Party candidate Jill Stein urged the action in an emergency request, and U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith held a rare Sunday hearing in federal court. It lasted three hours, and Goldsmith issued a written opinion just after midnight on Monday morning.

Goldsmith said a state law requiring a two business day waiting period to start the recount likely violates voting rights. Stein has shown “a credible threat that the recount, if delayed, would not be completed” by Dec. 13 — the federal “safe harbor” deadline to guarantee Michigan’s electoral votes are counted when the electoral college meets on Dec. 19.

Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, who attended Sunday’s court hearing, said in a release this morning she is “outraged that Jill Stein is trying to use the courts to change the outcome of the Michigan election” after “all votes were counted and certified by the Board of Canvassers.”

She said “this recount is an incredible waste of Michigan taxpayers’ money,” and “we will vigorously pursue any and all options available to us to overturn this ruling and to end this recount.”

  • Todd20036

    Nice to see some sanity in the government.

    • MBear

      It will be quashed, I’m sure. *sigh*

    • Lena

      Are we talking about you this morning? *wink

  • MBear

    So…if the recount turns up some significant discrepancies….?

  • Ron Robertson

    Ronna Romney McDaniel, who doth protest too much: “We’ll do everything to stop the truth from getting out.” Translation provided freely.

    • Librarykid

      I guess she is part of Mitt’s family somehow. These republicans just have this whole thing planned out to the last detail and no observation is allowed. “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”

  • justme

    Now if the shoe was on the other foot so to say.. I’m sure they would be jumping at it ..

  • bkmn

    Recounts are only allowed when the GOP candidate is losing. Everyone knows that. It was on a post-truth website.

  • Ninja0980

    Only Republicans are allowed to use the courts (after they pack them with right wing hacks.)
    But Democrats do the same, shame on them!

    • olva63

      Where is Septa Unella when we need her? Shame! Shame! Shame!

  • Mike C

    I don’t care much for Stein and I doubt the recount will change anything but a GOP’er is aggravated so that’ll do.

    • Philly Mike

      It also helps boost the Green Party’s national image.

  • Philly Mike

    “Outrage over using the courts” from the party that holds multiple hearings on the same issue for political theater.

    • TrollopeReader

      It’s like Brian Brown continually saying he’s “outraged” …sometimes at his own donor base for not giving him more money ….

    • Shy Guy

      Funny how the same party isn’t outraged about the waste of taxpayer money for recounts and special sessions in North Carolina. IOKIYAR.

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  • Butch

    The GOP freakout over the recounts in Wisconsin and Michigan makes me think they’re hiding something.

    • Gigi

      “There’s widespread voter fraud.” – Donald J. Trump

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  • Michael R

    Recount is the only news I care about right now , and the importance of straightening out the voter system before the next election .
    I don’t hear Trump discussing this much .

    • olva63

      He’s too busy hate-tweeting Alec Baldwin and SNL.

      • The_Wretched

        Very presidential!


  • mikeinrkfd

    so if it a massive waste of money to do the recount, why are they spending money to prevent it?

  • Gigi

    If they believe there was widespread voter fraud why wouldn’t they want a recount?

  • friendlynerd

    What taxpayer dollars? She was required to pay for the damn thing.

  • bobbyjoe

    Why would there be a state law in the first place requiring a two day waiting period before a recount could begin?

    So the state considers checking to see that voting is accurate and secure as more dangerous than buying a gun?

  • Oikos

    “this recount is an incredible waste of Michigan taxpayers’ money,”

    No, no it isn’t since it isn’t tax payer money being used.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Well, here we go. All we can hope for is to find an irregularity that warrants further recounts and suits. It’s definitely there, it’s just a question of who will find it, and what they will do with it. Don’t tell me that Hillary and Obama are just sitting around behind the scenes going whatevs.

  • Marti386

    Ummm, a recount can’t “change the outcome” of an election, you moron. It can only verify who the actual winner was.

  • NancyP

    Ronna Romney McDaniel – sister or cousin of Mitt? Mitt’s father was either Sen or Gov of Michigan, I forget which.

    • TrollopeReader

      governor. and a cabinet member for nixon.

  • Mike__in_Houston

    Bravissimo to this judge! He addressed both of my big questions: why the two-day delay when we are already up against a deadline, and even without the two-day delay, is there time to meet the deadline?

  • Grumpy Old Man
  • TrollopeReader

    O/T ,,,, in NC, Durham will finish their 94,000 ballot recount … so far: “After recounting 52,833 of the ballots on Saturday and Sunday, officials
    said, Cooper gained three votes and McCrory lost one vote.”

    Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article118857903.html#storylink=cpy

  • John Mayor

    Joe!… although Stein’s efforts are laudable, they don’t compare to the current effort at, http://www.foxla.com/good-day/good-day-la-experts-and-other-guests/218882862-story… and, an effort, that Google– for one!– is currently denying netizens access to! If you can Joe, I believe your readers would appreciate an update!!
    Please!… no emails!

  • ericpayne

    This in the same state where the government (GOP controlled) poisoned the residents of one of their own cities and is now using the courts to try and avoid adhering to a previous court’s ruling that they deliver fresh water to the citizens of Flint.

  • The Return of Traxley

    Fuck you, Ronna. Shut your whore mouth.

    The courts are there for purposes just like this. Even for the poors, the gays, and the blacks. I know it must hurt that pigeon brain of yours.

    Also, a shit ton of Americans are paying for this recount through donations because we don’t like raging assholes like you and Lisa Lyons, who’s trying to put together a bill making recounts nearly impossible, with the penalties RETROACTIVE.

    Why do you hate America?

  • Republicans didn’t seem outraged when the courts appointed GWB king of America and stopped that recount. Republicans are the party of the double standard.