LANSING, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — Michigan Republicans say Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s planned request for a hand recount of presidential votes could cost taxpayers up to $12 million, a dozen times what she will have to pay.
GOP attorney Eric Doster, who will help represent President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign in the recount, said Tuesday he can’t imagine the recount costing less than $10 to $12 million — the cost of a statewide election.
Republicans cite “astronomical” costs of overtime pay, training, security and travel. Kent County Clerk Mary Hollinrake says with the holidays closing in, recruiting trained election workers for the recount hasn’t been easy.
Another challenge the county faces is finding a place to count all of the ballots. Hollinrake is considering holding the recount at the Wyoming Public Safety headquarters on De Hoop Avenue SW.
“We meet all deadlines at all times under all circumstances,” said a determined Hollinrake.
But when asked if the county can finish the recount in ten days, she had doubts.
“I don’t know, because we’ve never been involved in anything this large,” added Hollinrake, who said she didn’t expect her tenure to end on Jan. 1 like this.
Stein plans to file her recount petition Wednesday and will pay the required $973,250.
Michigan GOP Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel declined to say if Republicans will challenge the recount or take legal action, saying Stein hasn’t yet made her request.
Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes over Democrat Hillary Clinton.