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Recount to be delayed or blocked in Michigan: President-elect Trump’s campaign files objection

Donald Trump speaking at the 1st Presidential Debate at Hofstra University, New York on September 26, 2016.

President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign has filed an objection to Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s request for a hand recount of Michigan’s presidential election votes.

The objection filed Thursday, December 1st will delay or block the recount, which the state was planning to begin Friday.

The Board of State Canvassers has scheduled a meeting Friday, December 2nd to hear arguments. The Michigan Bureau of Elections says the recount cannot begin until two business days after the four-member, bipartisan board resolves the objection.

President-elect Trump’s attorneys say Stein, who finished fourth in Michigan, is not “aggrieved” by any alleged election fraud or mistake, that a recount couldn’t be finished on time and that her petition wasn’t properly signed.

President-elect Trump says Stein is asking for an expensive, time-consuming recount “on the basis of nothing more than speculation.”

Stein has also requested recounts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which began its recount on Thursday.

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