Green Party candidate Jill Stein formally filed for a recount in Michigan Wednesday, the third state on her list. “After a presidential election tarnished by the use of outdated and unreliable machines and accusations of irregularities, people of all political persuasions are asking if our election results are reliable,” Stein said Wednesday. “We must recount the votes so we can build trust in our election system. We need to verify the vote in this and every election so that Americans can be sure we have a fair, secure and accurate voting system.” Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said in a statement Wednesday that it is “unusual” for a candidate that received such a small share of the vote — Stein got just 1 percent in Michigan — to request a recount, “especially when there is no evidence of hacking or fraud, or even a credible allegation of any tampering.”
President-elect Donald Trump won Michigan by a razor-thin margin, defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton there by just 10,704 votes (out of a total 4.8 million cast). The results were finally certified on Monday, almost three weeks after Election Day.
Stein has also already filed for a statewide recount in Wisconsin and a partial recount in Pennsylvania — arguing that voting machine irregularities could have affected the final tallies in each state.
Recount rules and requirements are different in every state. The processes in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, the other states with pending recount efforts, show the rules governing them can be pretty complicated.