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Proposed Legislation Would Make Green Party Pay For Recount

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Melissa Benmark

(MPRN-Lansing) The presidential recount is still looming in Michigan, and lawmakers want to make sure Green Party nominee Jill Stein – who filed for the recount – picks up the tab. 

Republican Representative Lisa Lyons wants to deter long-shot candidates from holding costly recounts. While she can’t stop the recounts, she can make the candidates pick up the full tab.

The legislation would require a candidate who requests a recount to pay the full cost if they lose a statewide election by more than five percentage points.

“The nightmare that is unfolding as a result of this recount is transcendent of what party somebody belongs to.”

The bill would be retroactive, meaning if passed, Green Party candidate Jill Stein would be on the hook for the millions of dollars that could go into the ongoing recount.

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