Conflicting orders throw Michigan’s presidential recount into limbo

Detroit's presidential election recount began today at Cobo Hall. By Steve Neavling.

Detroit’s presidential election recount began today at Cobo Hall. By Steve Neavling.

The Michigan Court of Appeals delivered a potentially deadly blow to the presidential recount in Michigan this evening, ruling that the recount should never have been approved by the Board of State Canvassers.

The state Court of Appeals said Green Party candidate Jill Stein was not an aggrieved candidate because she had no chance of winning the recount.

The court ordered the state board to “reject the Nov. 30, 2016 petition of candidate Stein that precipitated the current recount process.”

Stein’s only hopes may hinge on a separate federal court case involving the recount. At roughly the same time the state appellate court ordered the recount to stop, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the recount should continue.

The Michigan Republican Party is already requesting another federal hearing in hopes of reversing the decision.

Attorney General Bill Schuette, who attended Donald Trump’s high-priced fundraiser in September and argued against a recount, applauded the Michigan Court of Appeals’ opinion that effectively orders the recount to stop. 

The recount in Detroit began today and is expected to continue while the legal case wends its way through two court systems.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.