U.S. Green Party's presidential candidate files for recount in Michigan

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Green Party's presidential candidate Jill Stein on Wednesday filed for the recount of the votes in Michigan, triggering complaint from the authorities.

"Michigan's Bureau of Elections has received a recount request from Dr. Jill Stein and it is being reviewed," Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson tweeted Wednesday.

"It is unusual that a candidate who received just 1 percent of the vote is seeking a recount, especially when there is no evidence of hacking or fraud, or even a credible allegation of any tampering."

She said the recount would cost Michigan taxpayers 4 million dollars for the recount. But she added that a recount would go ahead.

Michigan authorities officially announced Monday that the state's 16 electoral votes would go to President-elect Donald Trump, who outpolled Democrat rival Hillary Clinton by 10,000 votes.

Stein previously also pushed for recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, an effort supported by Clinton's team but called a "scam" by Trump.

Only in the unlikely event of overturning all three states can Clinton beat Trump to the White House.

"We must recount the votes so we can build trust in our election system. We need to verify the vote in this and every election so that Americans can be sure we have a fair, secure and accurate voting system," Stein said in a statement Monday.

[ Editor: meng ]


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