The two recount workers at our table were very professional, and took the time to explain what they were doing, and what would happen next as they went along. There were two observers from the Stein campaign present (myself included), as well as two from the Clinton campaign, and one from the Trump campaign. Although no individual ballots were contested, an attorney for the Trump team did contest the overall process on the grounds of the Court of Appeals case currently in judicial process. The ballots for the precinct I observed were found to be recountable, and wound up matching the original tally upon being recounted.Read more
First two townships I observed were deemed non recount able because of compromised containers. Frustrating, as even though compromised the damage was not evidence of tampering and one broken seal was the fault of the county clerk who resealed it. A container resealed by an official should have been countable.
The other was a rip about 4 inches long in the container bag. The township should have replaced that bag earlier. It did not appear to be a new tear.
Overall the tone was friendly and cooperative. Of the three precincts I observed (4-2, concord pct 1 & sandstone township 3) being recounted in all but one everyone worked together and there were no challenges in any of them. Results changed slightly in two (Stein gained one vote and Trump 2) and were upheld in the third. While there were some ballots without votes for a candidate for president, the overall number was very small. Everyone seemed to understand the criteria and questions were easily and satisfactorily resolved. Every vote was counted!Read more
All went smoothly
Jackson County, Ward 3, Precint 3. Hillary Clinton picked up one more vote.
Jackson County, Blackman Township, Precinct #2. No changes to vote tallies.
*LEFT BEFORE THIS PRECINCT WAS FINISHED*
Ypsilanti Twp Prct 18
#1576 total ballots
Trump rep objected to opening of ballots, counting of votes, and challenged the seal matching-- which was withdrawn because it did match. Another challenge that seal was mismatched to poll book but they did.
Before Recount After Recount