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New law makes recounts tougher, more expensive

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Mark Brush
Michigan Radio
A polling location in Ann Arbor, Mich.

A new law makes it tougher and more expensive for losing candidates to demand a recount of election results.

Governor Rick Snyder signed the new law Thursday. It's a response to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein calling a recount of Michigan’s 2016 election results. She demanded the recount even though she got less than 1 percent of the vote.

The Stein campaign paid the state $380,000 for a partial recount – because it was stopped by a judge before it was completed. Stein said she knew she couldn’t win, but wanted to test the reliability of Michigan’s vote tallies.

The new law says a candidate has to have a “reasonable belief” they might emerge the winner if there’s a recount. And it would increase the cost from $125 a precinct to $250.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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