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Michigan board will begin recount process for ballot proposals

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The Michigan Board of State Canvassers will meet Monday to start the process for a partial recount of the votes cast for two ballot proposals.

The meeting is not to decide whether to proceed with the recounts -- which is pretty much a given – but to plan next steps.

The hand recount request appears to be an effort to cast doubt on the reliability of voting machines by the group Election Integrity Fund and Force. The organization was also engaged in efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election in Michigan.

This time, the group is looking in some precincts to challenge the results of Proposals 2 and 3 – which enshrined voting rights and abortion rights in the state constitution. Election Integrity Fund and Force has to pay the full cost of the recounts that’s required by law. The group would be entitled to lower fees if the margins were closer.

It’s not clear exactly what the cost will be. But the fees paid by Election Fund and Force will almost certainly not cover all the expenses incurred by counties.

Due to the margin of the vote and the relatively small number of precincts, the recounts are almost certainly not going to change the fact that both proposals were adopted by voters.

It will be up to local election officials to manage the hand recounts.

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Rick Pluta is the managing editor for the Michigan Public Radio Network.
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