Could Trump presidency still be blocked? Michigan set to begin election vote recount

Michigan set to begin recount of presidential election votes

A recount has already begun in Wisconsin

Monday, December 5, 2016

Michigan will begin recounting votes from November's US presidential election today.

Early this morning U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith gave an order that officials should start recounting ballots from midday today.

Last week Republican and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the recount, but the appeal was unsuccessful.

A recount is already underway in Wisconsin, following a campaign by Green Party candidate Jill Stein to hold a fresh count in the two states, as well as Pennsylvania.

Trump carried Michigan in the US election and claimed its 16 electoral college votes, but his margin of victory over Hillary Clinton was just 0.2%, equating to just 10,000 votes out of 5.5 million.

In Wisconsin, which has 10 electoral college votes, Trump won by around 27,000 votes, but reports suggest this margin was reduced by around 5,000 before the recount even got underway with voting officials uncovering a number of inaccuracies.

Even if Clinton wins the recount in both Wisconsin and Michigan, she still won't have the 270 electoral college votes needed to overturn the election result. But a further recount in Massachusetts could give her the slenderest of victories - but it is extremely unlikely.