As all eyes are on Wisconsin. Scrutinizing the state’s presidential election results, potential election changing irregularities have been found in the state’s vote totals as the statewide recount requested — and funded — by the Green Party’s Dr. Jill Stein formally gets underway.
According to the unofficial election results from a number of Wisconsin precincts, there were more votes cast for president than ballots cast — something which is obviously impossible.
For example, in Outagamie County, the total number of votes cast for president was initially reported out of precincts from the town of Grand Chute as 4,214.
The problem is, according to the same set of numbers, only 3,088 ballots were actually cast.
Thus, 1,126 extra votes were added to the totals for the presidential election; and in a state that Donald Trump won with a well under 1 percent margin — and was instrumental to his leading margin in the electoral college — 1,126 extra votes is a big deal, even more than it normally might be.
Similar discrepancies were found in the vote totals out of other towns in the same county. The initial results out of Bear Creek showed 144 total votes cast for president, but that exact same set of numbers showed that only 143 ballots were actually cast.
The same thing happened in the Hortonville numbers. Initial results reported 1,949 votes cast for president, but, according to the same report, only 1,516 ballots were actually cast. Thus, almost 500 presidential votes magically appeared out of nowhere.
These errant numbers are highlighted yellow in the dataset which is embedded in the tweet below:
A local elections supervisor explained the errors as simple human counting error, since as she noted, the county largely relied on manual counting methods.
As Hortonville’s elections clerk, Lynn Mischker, explained to local media:
‘In order to give election returns to the Outagamie County Clerk’s office as quickly as possible the Chief Inspector added together the votes from the election machine tapes. An error was made while keying the numbers on the calculator during this process resulting in an incorrect number of votes reported on Election night.’
Mischker’s explanation only applies to Hortonville.
What about the other areas with jacked up vote totals? What if there are other areas with jacked up vote totals which haven’t even been noticed yet? Reports state that all of the extra votes in Outagamie County — which have now disappeared from the official results — were for Donald Trump.
Wisconsin has just begun a statewide recount, so these questions will be answered soon.
Wisconsin’s recount, spearheaded by Dr. Jill Stein, comes after suspicious patterns were noticed in the state’s vote totals by a team of election experts, including elections lawyers and professors.
This pattern consisted of almost uniformly 7 percent lower vote totals for Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin counties which used electronic voting methods versus those which used more traditional voting methods. Thus, the experts who brought this pattern to public attention suggest hacking of the voting machines in Trump’s favor could — in theory at least — have taken place.
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