Supporters of Green Party candidate Jill Stein and the statewide presidential recount she requested in Michigan aren’t thrilled with state and federal court rulings that shut the process down as of Thursday morning. The Green Party is expected to hold an “emergency rally” in front of the state Supreme Court building 2 p.m. Thursday at 925 W. Ottawa St. to protest a decision they consider unfair and potentially harmful to Michigan voters. “The discrepancies we’ve discovered while counting votes so far are precisely the reason we need a recount in the first place,” Green Party member Lou Novak said in a statement. “We will not back down from this fight now. The Michigan Supreme Court must do its job.”
Attorneys for Jill Stein filed an application for leave to appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court Wednesday morning following a state Court of Appeals ruling ordering the Board of State Canvassers to stop the recount.
Stein also filed a motion in state court to disqualify Chief Supreme Court Justice Robert Young and Justice Joan Larsen from the case on grounds that both of them were on President-elect Donald Trump’s shortlist for U.S. Supreme Court nominations and therefore could have a vested interest in a Trump presidency.
It’s unclear whether the Michigan Supreme Court will take up the case, but it’s likely the last legal option left for Stein.