Michigan’s elections board has deadlocked on President-elect Donald Trump’s request to prevent a recount, which means it will start next week unless the courts intervene.
Two Republicans voted Friday to prevent the recount, while two Democrats said it should proceed. A state spokesman says the statewide recount requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein will begin Tuesday or Wednesday barring a court order.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican, asked the state Supreme Court on Friday to intervene and stop the recount. That motion is pending.
Currently, a Wisconsin recount is underway, though Trump’s supporters filed a federal lawsuit trying to stop it. In Pennsylvania, Trump is asking a court to dismiss Stein’s recount request.
In a filing late Thursday, Republican lawyers accused Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein of legal antics that threaten Pennsylvania’s ability to certify its presidential electors by the Dec. 13 federal deadline.
A Monday court hearing is scheduled in the case.
The GOP argues there’s no evidence or even allegations that the state’s voting systems were tampered with and that the law doesn’t specifically allow a court-ordered recount.
Stein has also requested recounts in two other states Trump narrowly won, Michigan and Wisconsin. The Wisconsin recount is underway.