Wisconsin has barely begun their vote recount as requested by the Green Party’s Jill Stein. Experts insist this effort is unlikely to change the election results. Yet hope springs eternal, and Donald Trump’s narrow margin of victory has already shrunk by 5,000 votes.
How? The Palmer Report explains that the president-elect allegedly won the state of Wisconsin with 1,409,467 votes to Hillary Clinton’s 1,382,210. This gave him a razor-thin margin of 27,257 votes, now revised downward to an even slimmer 22,525 votes. Officials in one county alone found that at least three precincts had counted more votes than had actually been cast. And all those extra votes went to Donald Trump.
The Palmer Report explains how these wards in Outagamie County had mysteriously padded Donald Trump’s lead by 18 percent.
‘Even ahead of the forthcoming recount in Wisconsin, Donald Trump’s lead has already shrunk to just 22,525 votes. That means 18% of his “lead” has already vanished, based on precincts catching some of their own incorrect numbers, and internet gawkers catching others.’
But here’s the strange thing, Donald Trump’s numbers got bumped up, while Hillary Clinton’s have barely budged in either direction.
‘But the second thing that jumps out is that the revisions have served to erase thousands of votes from Trump, while affirming that Clinton’s vote total was essentially correct to begin with.’
WBAY added that Outagamie County Clerk Lori O’Bright blamed the bizarre numbers on “human error” and explained that they’re now revising their totals with members of both major parties present.
‘The canvass is conducted by county clerks throughout the state. We are on the partisan ticket so our canvass also has to have a member of the opposite party on the canvass, along with another member. So, it is reviewed as fairly as possible.’
Will the Wisconsin vote recount change anything?
Voters are fuming as Donald Trump swaggers about as though he’s won a mandate while Hillary Clinton’s lead with the popular vote surges past 2 million. Yet hopes are rising in the face of mounting evidence that the election in three key swing states — Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania — may have been stolen.
All three of these contested states would have to break for Clinton in order for her to win.
Wisconsin has 10 electors, Michigan has 16 electors and Pennsylvania has 20. All three states broke for Trump this year despite the fact that they’ve reliably voted blue in all the previous elections since 1988. In Michigan, Donald Trump also won by a slim margin of only 10,0704 votes. Pennsylvania has the highest hurdle for those hoping this vote recount can replace Donald Trump with Hillary Clinton. He won the Keystone state by 70,368 votes.
A group described by New York Magazine as “prominent computer scientists and election lawyers” have urged Hillary Clinton to request vote recounts in these three states. After all, Russian hackers have already proven themselves to be a direct threat to the U.S. election system.
‘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.’
Candidates can request vote recounts, but states can require them to cover the staggering costs. Election officials estimate the effort in Wisconsin alone may cost up to $1 million. The Clinton campaign remained eerily silent last week, but the Green Party’s Jill Stein stepped up to the plate and raised $5.2 million in less than two days. On Sunday, Team Clinton finally announced that they would lend their efforts to the recount.
Experts and journalists insist Jill Stein’s vote recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania won’t change the outcome of the 2016 race. Even J. Alex Halderman, a computer science professor at University of Michigan and one of the experts who urged the Clinton campaign to demand a recount, cautions that he doesn’t think Russians or the GOP hacked the ballots. But, he adds, there’s only one way to know for sure.
‘The only way to know whether a cyberattack changed the result is to closely examine the available physical evidence — paper ballots and voting equipment in critical states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.‘
But despite these “expert” opinions, the recount has barely begun and Donald Trump’s victory has already shrunk by 5,000 in the hotly-contested state of Wisconsin.
Regardless of the outcome, at least we’ll likely have the comfort of knowing fewer of our fellow Americans voted for a racist, LGBT-hating, anti-Muslim, Jew-baiting misogynist than we’d thought.
Watch: Fox reports on the vote recount in Wisconsin.
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— Gerald Thomas (@gpthomas10) November 26, 2016
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