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Michigan begins election recount today

December 5, 2016

At noon Monday, Michigan joined several states holding a recount.

The recount comes after the results of the Nov. 8 election were called into controversy by Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Presidential results in Oakland and Ingham counties are the first on the list.

Mason County Clerk Cheryl Kelly is gearing up for the recount, though a schedule has not yet been released.

“Hopefully, they’ll be on it so I can give our local clerks and Mason County some answers,” Kelly said.

She expects a schedule from the Michigan Bureau of Elections today.

Each ballot in Mason County must be recounted by hand to ensure accuracy. Only the presidential results will be checked.

President-elect Donald Trump had a lead of about 11,000 votes in Michigan. Trump took Mason County with 8,505 votes to Clinton’s 5,281.

The results will be reviewed in each county. The recount is beginning in southeast Michigan.

In Mason County, space is an issue for the recount — the courthouse isn’t a big enough workspace, Kelly said. The city hall basement is backup.

“If we get combined, that could change,” she said. “Are they bringing another county in, or will we have to travel?”

See updates on the recount in coming editions of your Ludington Daily News, and at www.ludingtondailynews.com.

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