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Election board to meet on recount results

Houskamp, Daunt and Gurewitz sit at an oak-paneled dais with flags and an etched-glass state seal behind them. Flower and Liedel, wearing dark jackets, are seated at a desk in front of them with their backs turned.
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Members of the Michigan Board of State Canvassers, from left, Richard Houskamp, Anthony Daunt and Mary Ellen Gurewitz during a hearing, Wednesday, Aug. 31 in Lansing.

The hand recounts of a small number of precincts focused on Proposals 2 and 3, which added voting rights and abortion rights amendments to the Michigan Constitution.

(MPRN) The Michigan Board of State Canvassers meets Wednesday to review and affirm the findings of ballot recounts that, even if successful, would not have changed the fact that voters adopted two proposals on the November ballot.

The Proposal 2 recounts were of precincts in Kalamazoo, Macomb, Muskegon and Oakland counties while the Proposal 3 recount spanned precincts in 43 counties.

Both proposals passed by wide margins and these recounts would have been barred if these were candidate races. But there are restraints under state law on candidate recount requests that don’t exist when it comes to ballot proposal recounts.

Jake Rollow with the Michigan Secretary of State said that’s a loophole that allowed these recounts to go forward even though there was zero chance of changing the outcome.

“What this really comes down to is sort of an exercise in futility,” he told the Michigan Public Radio Network.

Rollow also said the payment from the group requesting the recounts – Election Integrity Fund and Force -- won’t cover all the costs.

“It will probably be less than $100,000 and the actual cost of carrying out this recount is probably up to about a million dollars,” he said, “and so the difference will be borne by taxpayers.”