No, it isn’t just upset crybabies demanding a recount. Professionals in IT and election lawyers are calling for a recount of three swing states President-elect Trump won.
New York Magazine reports:
‘The group, which includes voting-rights attorney John Bonifaz and J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, believes they’ve found persuasive evidence that results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked.’
Though the team of individuals have not revealed anything publicly, they spoke with Clinton’s former campaign chairman and campaign general counsel, John Podesta and Marc Elias. Their proof gets technical and IS circumstantial; however, a source told New York Magazine:
‘The academics presented findings showing that 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.’
They figure Clinton could have lost 30,000 votes due to this anomaly. Clinton lost Wisconsin by 27,000.
New York Magazine was quick to note that the group has yet to find proof of hacking or manipulation; however, they believe that an independent review is called for especially as the White House believes Russia is at fault for the Democratic National Committee hacking.
If the Clinton machine plans to make a last ditch effort to prevent a Trump presidency, they will have to do so soon. The deadline to file for a recount in Wisconsin is Friday. In Pennsylvania, the deadline is Monday, and in Michigan it’s next Wednesday.
Currently, Trump leads Clinton in electoral votes at 290 to her 232. For Clinton to pull off a major upset to Trump, she would have to turn at least the two swing states of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, while also winning Michigan. As Michigan is still too close to call, their Electoral College votes have not been given. New York Magazine also noted it gets more complicated due to “faithless electors.”
‘There is also the complicating factor of “faithless electors,” or members of the Electoral College who do not vote according to the popular vote in their states. At least six electoral voters have said they would not vote for Trump, despite the fact that he won their states.’
As much as some would celebrate an audit of the 2016 vote, Clinton would face the same scrutiny she gave to Trump when he outright said he would question election results if Clinton was the winner. Also, with a focus on a smooth transition of power, one senior Clinton adviser has said the White House discourages a challenge to the election results.
However, that has not stopped her most ardent supporters from rallying for an audit of the election results. The sister of Clinton’s closest confidante, Huma Abedin, called for her Facebook followers to call the DOJ saying:
‘The Department of Justice is tallying phone calls regarding those who want the 2016 Vote Audited. A shift of just 55,000 Trump votes to Hillary in PA, MI, & WI is all that is Needed to Win.
They are starting to recognize there really is something off about the election results as they come in. Considering everything that is at stake, a vote audit should be done.
Call the DOJ at 202-353-1555 and tell them you want the votes audited. Even if it’s busy, keep calling. It takes a few times to get through because of all the calls being made.’
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