House approves Lilly bill to limit senseless election recounts

first_img Categories: Lilly News 01Nov House approves Lilly bill to limit senseless election recounts The Michigan House of Representatives today voted overwhelmingly in favor of legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Lilly to prevent recounts from moving forward when they are extremely unlikely to impact the results of an election.Lilly, of Park Township, said the events that transpired in Michigan following the 2016 presidential election inspired his bill.“Jill Stein exploited our state laws to force a recount, even though she lost by more than 2 million votes,” Lilly said. “My legislation eliminates the ambiguity in the law that allowed her recount charade to temporarily obstruct the election process and cause an expensive legal battle.”In 2016, members of the Michigan Board of Canvassers disagreed about whether Stein should be considered an “aggrieved candidate,” a term used in the law without definition. Ultimately they voted 2-2 on whether the recount should proceed, and the deadlock resulted in the petition being deemed approved.The Michigan Court of Appeals, however, ultimately halted the recount and ruled that the Board of Canvassers should not have allowed it to proceed.House Bill 5012 clarifies in statute that candidates claiming to be “aggrieved” for the purpose of seeking a recount must be able to demonstrate a good-faith belief that, if not for fraud or mistake, they would have had a reasonable chance of winning the election.“All candidates should have the right to request a recount, but the process should not proceed if the candidate has no reasonable chance of winning the election,” Lilly said. “When someone who has clearly lost an election has an issue there are more appropriate ways for them to seek recourse. This legislation ensures that public tax dollars are not wasted on unnecessary recounts while still maintaining the integrity of the elections process.”The bill advances to the Senate for consideration.###last_img

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