Recount continues as board awaits federal court ruling

Posted at 11:01 AM, Dec 07, 2016

(AP) – The Michigan elections board will wait to decide whether to end the state’s presidential recount until it sees what a federal judge does.

The Board of State Canvassers met Wednesday, a day after the Michigan Court of Appeals ordered it to dismiss Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s petition. The board recessed shortly before the federal judge was to hold a hearing in Detroit on stopping the recount, which began Monday.

Stein lawyer Mark Brewer says the ruling wasn’t given immediate effect, so the board is “under no mandate to do anything.” He says stopping the recount would increase voter suspicion about election integrity.

Stein is appealing to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Trump attorney Eric Doster says it’s “pretty clear” the board must end the recount because fourth-place finisher Stein isn’t an “aggrieved” candidate.