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Presidential Recount In Washtenaw County Currently Underway

Dec 7, 2016

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The Washtenaw County Elections Division is currently conducting a recount of the of the presidential election. 


About 195,000 ballots are expected to be recounted in four-and-a-half or five days.  45 recount assistants have been hired for the project that will cost Washtenaw County over $10,000 to conduct. 

Green Party candidate Jill Stein's campaign, who requested the recount, will pay for the process.  

Ed Golembieweski is the director of elections for Washtenaw County. 

"In every county of the state, we will be receiving some amount of reimbursement, which will be $125, multiplied by the number of precincts in the county, plus $125 for each absentee voter per precinct used.  And that would offset the majority of the labor costs."

184 precincts are expected to be recounted in Washtenaw County.  That includes count boards.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu