Americans have been outraged over former Green Party nominee Jill Stein’s attempts to launch recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — states that were key to President-elect Donald Trump’s victory.
In Michigan especially, where taxpayers would have had to fork over millions for the recount, some lawmakers were trying to pass legislation that would ensure that something like this never happens again — while leaving the door open for the possibility of legitimate recount efforts in the future, Detroit Free Press reports.
A bill that passed the Michigan House Elections Committee on Tuesday would make it so that candidates who lose the election by more than 5 percent would have to pay the entire cost of the recount.
Currently, Michigan law states that candidates who are filing for a recount (and have lost by more than 0.5 percent) must pay $125 per district for the recount.
That means that Stein payed roughly $1 million for the recount — and that Michigan taxpayers paid about $4 million, The Detroit News noted.
The current bill would retroactively take effect back to January 1, 2016. That means that much of Stein’s $7 million war chest would essentially be confiscated by the state due to the recount efforts.
Some lawmakers have objected to that portion of the bill, and it was unclear whether it would survive after a Michigan judge effectively ended the recount efforts in the state.
This bill would help stop people like Stein from taking advantage of the taxpayers again — and it would ensure that only die-hard liberal supporters of Stein (or some other candidate) would actually fork over the money to help with the recount.
Having the ability to request a recount is an important part of our democracy, but people like Stein are just looking to abuse the system to make a name for themselves — they don’t care what it costs the taxpayers.
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