Michigan wants recount halted if judge rules

Recount is underway in more than 20 counties

The Michigan elections board has ordered an immediate halt to the presidential recount if a federal judge lifts his previous order that the recount occur.

The Board of State Canvassers issued the instruction Wednesday in a 3-1 vote. The move is intended as a way to quickly stop the recount if the judge rules before the board meets again Thursday morning.

Republican Colleen Pero says the recount is underway more than 20 counties and is set to start in 13 more counties Thursday.

The board acted a day after the Michigan Court of Appeals ordered it to dismiss Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s recount petition.

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith, who heard arguments Wednesday, plans to issue a written decision, but he didn’t say when.

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