The recount of the Michigan’s 2016 presidential election expanded across the state Tuesday and continued to uncover problems that made dozens of precincts ineligible for recount under state law. At issue are discrepancies between the number of voters who cast ballots and the number of ballots found in the ballot box on election night. In Wayne County, officials must decide what to do with 610 precincts, including 392 in Detroit, where the numbers don’t match. Oakland County has concluded that at least 17 precincts can’t be recounted and in Macomb, at least seven are ineligible. What that means is the election night returns will stand (for those precincts),” Chis Thomas, director of elections for the state of Michigan.
The recount got under way just before 10:40 a.m. when Wayne County Elections Director Delphine Oden cut the band sealing one of the containers holding ballots and piled several stacks on one of the many tables set up for the recount inside Cobo Center.
Wayne County officials were continuing to input recount results just before 9 p.m. Tuesday. The county had more than 802,000 ballots to recount — and the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office has made a request to other county clerks to send assistance to Wayne County, according to Jina Sawani, a spokeswoman for the Wayne County Clerk’s Office.
Fred Woodhams, a spokesman for Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, said the office is “looking at what resources we have to assist Wayne County.” However, he noted in a text that “we are seeking clarity on the court action today so that could affect what is needed.”