Michigan recount over; Pennsylvania sets hearing

A federal judge ordered MI to begin its recount on Monday over the objections of Republicans. In Wisconsin, a recount began last week and was more than 82 percent complete Thursday.

The Greens were anticipating they might lose in state appeals court and be forced to take their fight to Michigan's Supreme Court.

Federal Judge Mark Goldsmith said Wednesday he must follow a decision by the MI appeals court, which found that Green Party candidate Jill Stein couldn't seek a recount.

First, The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that Jill Stein did not have standing to challenge the results of the presidential election, and that the state's canvassing board was mistaken to allow the recount.

Green Party-backed lawyers are asking a federal judge to order a recount of potentially more than 1 million paper ballots in Pennsylvania.

In Vernon County, 35 ballots in Viroqua were not read by the voting machine on Election Night, resulting in nine more votes for Trump, 22 more for Clinton and the rest for other candidates.

There is a lot of confusion over the future of Michigan's presidential recount effort. Under federal safe harbor provisions, the states and the District of Columbia must determine their electors by December 13, or six days before the Electoral College members meet in person on December 19. Stein initiated the recount even though she did not present evidence of widespread fraud or error. She has suggested, with no evidence, that votes cast were susceptible to computer hacking.

The recount's biggest developments Tuesday were in MI, where the day started with the growing revelation that thousands of ballots in the counties most solidly behind Clinton were being deemed ineligible for the recount. Her campaign raised more than $6.5 million via an online fundraiser for the initiative.

Trump narrowly defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in MI and two other states where Stein requested recounts, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. A winning candidate needs 270 votes, and Trump would need to lose recounts in all three states to lose the election.

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya). Ballots are unloaded during a statewide presidential election recount in Waterford Township, Mich., Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. He told Trump's supporters the effort probably won't change anything anyway.

Stein's recount request questions Michigan's aging voting system and the 75,000 ballots in MI in which voters picked nobody for president. Clinton defeated Trump in Nevada by 27,202 votes, out of 1.1 million votes cast.

Votes for Trump / Pence are not being counted twice in Waukesha County. Their attorney said he would consult with them on whether to appeal.

Nevada Secretary of State spokeswoman Gail Anderson said the recount will be finished by Friday. "They said if you have a mercy rule in a softball game and a team is up 100 to one, the fact that Jill Stein is objecting to one of those runs is not going to change the outcome", said Cass Co.

"The issues that Plaintiffs raise are serious indeed", wrote U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith in his ruling issued about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The federal judge who on Monday ordered the recount to begin will hold a hearing Wednesday on whether to stop it. The recount comes at the request of Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who also requested recounts in Pe.

Stein insists she's more concerned about the accuracy of the election. Stein got about 1 percent or less in those states.

Currently, Trump has 306 electoral votes, compared with 232 votes for Hillary Clinton.

Associated Press writers Roger Schneider and Jeff Karoub contributed from Detroit.