Michigan's Board of State Canvassers deadlocked 2-2 Friday, on President-elect Donald Trump's objection to Green Party candidate Jill Stein's request for a recount of all presidential ballots cast in Michigan, meaning a hand recount of Michigan's presidential ballots could begin late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
Still, a lawsuit filed Friday by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette places any recount in doubt. Schuette asked the Michigan Supreme Court, which has a 5-2 majority of Republican nominees, to block the recount as a costly and pointless exercise.
Trump also filed a lawsuit late Friday against the Board of State Canvassers, asking the Michigan Court of Appeals for an injunction to block the recount.
Despite what would be a delayed start, Elections Director Chris Thomas said he still hopes all 4.8 million ballots can be recounted. He said he doubts the Dec. 13 deadline that has been frequently cited is a "real deadline," and Michigan may have until Dec. 17 -- two days before the electoral college is set to meet -- to complete its recount, though he said he is still researching that legal question.
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