The ongoing saga continues…A group of top computer scientists and election lawyers is urging the Clinton campaign to seek a recount of vote tallies in key swing states because of possible hacking by nefarious foreign actors. Or at least that’s the story that was hyped prior to the election. But just like then, it’s merely an allegation no evidence has surfaced to lend it credibility.
In the case reported first by New York magazine, the group of scientists, which includes J. Alex Halderman, the Computer Security and Society director at the University of Michigan, has identified certain counties, which relied on electronic voting machines to count totals in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, as trending away from Hillary Clinton as compared to counties that utilized optical scanners or paper ballots.
Hillary’s campaign was notified by the group that the pattern indicates that electronic voting machines may have been hacked, although they admit there is no evidence that such a thing took place.
This latest call to delegitimize the 2016 election appears to be the latest bout of sore loser tactics from Democrats chafing over the fact that Her Highness did not win the states necessary to secure that which they feel she was owed:
According to current tallies, Trump has won 290 Electoral College votes to Clinton’s 232, with Michigan’s 16 votes not apportioned because the race there is still too close to call. It would take overturning the results in both Wisconsin (10 Electoral College votes) and Pennsylvania (20 votes), in addition to winning Michigan’s 16, for Clinton to win the Electoral College. 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.
The Clinton camp is running out of time to challenge the election. According to one of the activists, the deadline in Wisconsin to file for a recount is Friday; in Pennsylvania, it’s Monday; and Michigan is next Wednesday. Whether Clinton will call for a recount remains unclear. The academics so far have only a circumstantial case that would require not just a recount but a forensic audit of voting machines. Also complicating matters, a senior Clinton adviser said, is that the White House, focused on a smooth transfer of power, does not want Clinton to challenge the election result. Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri did not respond to a request for comment. But some Clinton allies are intent on pushing the issue. This afternoon, Huma Abedin’s sister Heba encouraged her Facebook followers to lobby the Justice Department to audit the 2016 vote. “Call the DOJ…and tell them you want the votes audited,” she wrote. “Even if it’s busy, keep calling.”
Hector, whine, harangue, but by God, don’t let The Precious actually lose!
To those of us who felt both the Republican and Democratic nominees are unfit to be the President of these United States, it’s neither here nor there which one won, but the unsupported allegations of votes being hacked in an effort to undermine a result they didn’t like or expect is telling.
Neither the Clinton nor Trump camps have commented publicly on the issue, and the group making the allegations has yet to speak on the record about the issue.