Machine-counted vote totals in the essential swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania have now come under fire. On Tuesday, November 22, New York Magazine reported that a group of computers scientists and election lawyers urged the Clinton campaign to challenge the election results in those states.
From New York Magazine:
“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.
….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. Based on this statistical analysis, Clinton may have been denied as many as 30,000 votes; she lost Wisconsin by 27,000.”
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, immediately set about collecting funds with which to demand a recount. The following is an excerpt from a statement they published on Stein’s website:
The Stein/Baraka Green Party Campaign is launching an effort to ensure the integrity of our elections. We are raising money to demand recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania– three states where there is a significant need to verify machine-counted vote totals. Please donate to this initiative today.
To give you a sense of the problem, the voting machines used in Wisconsin were banned in California after they were shown to be highly vulnerable to hacking and malicious programming due to lacking security features.
“After a divisive and painful presidential race, reported hacks into voter and party databases and individual email accounts are causing many American to wonder if our election results are reliable. These concerns need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified. We deserve elections we can trust.” – Dr. Jill Stein.
This is about more than the results of this one election. This is about protecting our democracy and ensuring that “We the People” can have confidence in reported results.
The Stein campaign initially set out to raise 2 million dollars by yesterday (Friday, 11/25). Having quickly met that goal, a new goal was then set for 4.5 million. Having now met that goal, the Stein campaign has upped the ante yet again, this time to 7 million.
Stein filed for a recount in Wisconsin on Friday, about an hour before the deadline. While Trump has been declared the winner in both Wisconsin and Pennsylvania (electoral-collegewise), Michigan remains too close to call— more than two weeks after Election Day.
The New York Times and others are reporting that there are thusfar-unproven suspicions of Russian hacking involvement directly on vote counts. There is evidence of other types of involvement in the election outcome already, such as the dissemination of false news via social media. A study by Andrew Weisburd, Clinton Watts and J. M. Bergersaid at warontherocks.com showed “that an effort to track 7,000 social media accounts over two and a half years indicated that support for Mr. Trump ‘isn’t the end of Russia’s social media and hacking campaign in America, but merely the beginning.’” The Obama administration, meanwhile, maintains that the election results “accurately reflect the will of the American people.”