“Jill Stein’s 1 percent temper tantrum cannot go unchecked,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel in a statement touting the objection. “Stein is not an aggrieved candidate, she cannot possibly win, and she is putting the participation of every single Michigan voter in jeopardy, for no reason, at an exorbitant cost to the Michigan taxpayers.”
Stein said in a statement that “the Trump campaign’s cynical efforts to delay the recount and create unnecessary costs for taxpayers are shameful and outrageous.”
Stein officially requested a recount in Michigan on Wednesday. She has also asked for recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Trump won all three states. Stein has cited concerns about hacking or other irregularities but has presented no evidence of her claims.
In Michigan, Stein has cited the more than 75,000 ballots for which no presidential preference was recorded as an alarming sign.
Stein has raised millions of dollars to help pay for the recounts in the three states, since the margins were not close enough to trigger automatic ones financed by the state. In Michigan, her team said it has submitted nearly $1 million to the state to cover certain costs candidates are required to cover. But she has not committed to covering the full cost.
Republicans have raised concerns about the potential costs to taxpayers. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, a Republican, said Wednesday that Michigan taxpayers might have to foot a $4 million bill even after Stein's payment.
A recount schedule Johnson's office posted online was updated to indicate that it was postponed pending a Board of State Canvassers meeting Friday.
Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Michigan by 10,704 votes out of about 4.8 million cast. Stein finished well behind the two. But she won more support — about 51,000 votes — than the difference between Trump and Clinton.
Clinton's team has joined Stein's recount efforts. But it has said it does not expect the outcome of the election to change.