Judge orders Michigan recount to begin Monday

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DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge in Detroit has ruled that the recount of Michigan’s presidential results can begin at noon on Monday, a decision that gives the state more time to complete the count ahead of the Dec. 13 deadline.

Judge Mark Goldsmith issued his ruling late Sunday night that rejected an effort by state officials to wait two business days to get started hand-counting about 4.8 million ballots.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein requested a recount, but Republican President-elect Donald Trump sued elections officials to stop it.

Stein’s lawyers argued that waiting until Wednesday to start a recount would cut too close to the Dec. 13 deadline to have it finished.

The Green Party also wants recounts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by 10,704 votes in Michigan. Stein received about 1 percent of the vote.

Michigan’s elections director says his office will push to have a hand-recount of 4.8 million ballots cast in November’s presidential election completed before a Dec. 13 deadline.

Chris Thomas testified Sunday in U.S. District Court in Detroit about the difficulty of a recount if it starts two business days following certification of the election. That would mean the recount would likely start Wednesday.

Lawyers for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein want an immediate recount. Stein requested one, but Republican President-elect Donald Trump sued elections officials to stop it.

Thomas said “will certainly take a shot” at counting the ballots before Dec. 13.

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