Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Michigan Recount Marred by Partisanship, Legal Battles, Broken Machines

The election recount in Michigan is off to a rocky start, marred by ongoing legal challenges and broken polling machines.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican who "lashed out" Tuesday at the federal judge who ordered the state's recount to begin Monday, plans to "aggressively argue to stop the recount" at a hearing Tuesday afternoon, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Both Schuette and President-elect Donald Trump have sued in state court to stop the recount, and a hearing on their suits is scheduled for 4pm Tuesday in the Michigan Court of Appeals in Lansing. Separately, the Free Press reports, "[t]he Michigan Republican Party filed emergency motions this morning with the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, asking for a stay of [the judge]'s order and a review of the order by a full panel of all 6th Circuit judges, rather than a three-judge panel that is normally used."
In the past 72 hours, over 100,000 members of the national grassroots group Demand Progress have called on Schuette to drop his attempt to block the recount. 
"Schuette's continued efforts to shut down the recount using the power and resources of his office are particular cause for concern," said Demand Progress campaigner Carli Stevenson. "Partisan attempts to halt a good-faith effort to ensure all votes have been counted fairly should be met with intense skepticism."
Meanwhile, broken machines—many of them in heavily Democratic Detroit—threaten to throw the recount into "chaos," as the Guardian put it Tuesday.   Read full story here 

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