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Veteran election attorney details the recount process

Nov 30, 2016

Campaign representatives will look at ballots, but they're not allowed to touch them.
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There’s so much at stake in a recount. So much that must be done correctly, and with the Electoral College vote looming, the clock is ticking.

Melvin “Butch” Hollowell knows what that’s like. Currently the corporation counsel for the city of Detroit, he’s worked on many crucial recounts: the Bush-Gore recount in Florida in 2000, the 2005 recount of the Detroit mayoral election between Kwame Kilpatrick and Freman Hendrix, the 2013 recount involving Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and more.

According to Hollowell, if Michigan’s votes are going to get recounted before Dec. 13, we’ll need “all hands on deck.”

“It’s got to be a very efficiently run process because you’ve got 83 counties and … 4.8 million votes,” he said.

In our conversation above, Hollowell walks us through the recount process, and talks about potential hurdles and outcomes we may see in the coming weeks.

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