Hillary Clinton, to the absolute astonishment of most observers, including pollsters, pundits, and members of the media, lost the presidential election to real estate mogul turned Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump some two weeks ago — or did she?
Trump’s victory hinged upon winning the three key swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, all three of which are situated throughout the so-called Rust Belt.
He is almost two million votes behind Clinton in the national popular vote total at last count. Some ballots remain to be counted out west. And yet, even though he is behind such a chasm in the popular vote, his insanely slim victories in the three Rust Belt states already mentioned gave him a lead in the electoral college large enough to, after hours and hours of agonizing counting on Election Night, be declared the president-elect of the United States.
However, a group of leading academics, described by New York Magazine as “prominent computer scientists and election lawyers,” and including voting-rights attorney John Bonifaz and J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, have emerged with evidence they believe points to a possibility that all three of the Rust Belt states which handed Donald Trump a victorious margin in the electoral college may have been stolen from Hillary Clinton.
According to these academics, there is a curious discrepancy in vote totals from counties throughout the Rust Belt which used electronic voting methods versus those that used more traditional methods of tabulating ballots.
Take, for example, the academics’ rundown of how the set of circumstances they described played out in Wisconsin:
‘Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic-voting machines compared with counties that used optical scanners and paper ballots. Based on this statistical analysis, Clinton may have been denied as many as 30,000 votes; she lost Wisconsin by 27,000.’
If Clinton were to be given the electoral votes of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan — the final remaining so close that Michigan’s electoral votes aren’t even officially assigned yet — then she would win the presidency.
So, will this supposed evidence that the election was stolen from Hillary Clinton ever be brought to a public reconciliation with whether or not such a claim is, in fact, true?
It is possible, but increasingly unlikely. The deadlines to request recounts in the three Rust Belt states under consideration are fast approaching, all within the next week an a half.
The activists, who spoke about their findings solely off the record, are reportedly actively lobbying key members of the Clinton campaign’s inner circle in an effort to get a recount requested.
As New York Magazine reports, “Last Thursday, the activists held a conference call with Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and campaign general counsel Marc Elias to make their case, according to a source briefed on the call.’
There has been no sign of interest on the part of the Clinton campaign in pursuing the claims of election rigging.
In addition, there is the added element to this issue that the White House, in the interest of seeing an as smooth as possible transfer of power, does not want the Clinton camp to request a recount.
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