After a flood of phone calls, messages, and emails, Hillary Clinton has decided to join the request to recount the swing states, where the whole election could go in her favor. The Clinton campaign’s general counsel Marc Elias said people have been urging the popular vote winner to check it out. This is what happened.
Swing states Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin decided this presidential election, where Trump won by a mere margin of 107,000 out of the 120+ million total votes. That means even the smallest element of wrong-doing unearthed could result in a Clinton presidency.
Rolling Stone investigative reporter Greg Palest said state election officials simply discarded thousands of provisional and absentee votes. Palest also claims that a program called Interstate Crosscheck wrongly purged hundreds of thousands of minority voters in this election. He said:
‘Trump’s margin is less than 11,600 in Michigan, 27,200 in Wisconsin and 68,000 in Pennsylvania. If just a few thousand votes are found in Wisconsin and Michigan, Hillary Clinton becomes president by 276 electoral votes versus 264 for Trump.’
Elias wrote in Medium that the Russians involved themselves in the U.S. election:
‘The U.S. government concluded that Russian state actors were behind the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and the personal email accounts of Hillary for America campaign officials, and just yesterday, the Washington Post reported that the Russian government was behind much of the “fake news” propaganda that circulated online in the closing weeks of the election.’
Clinton’s attorney said:
‘It should go without saying that we take these concerns extremely seriously. We certainly understand the heartbreak felt by so many who worked so hard to elect Hillary Clinton, and it is a fundamental principle of our democracy to ensure that every vote is properly counted.’
Apparently the Clinton campaign has been working behind the scenes to see if there was enough evidence to move forward with a recount:
‘We have quietly taken a number of steps in the last two weeks to rule in or out any possibility of outside interference in the vote tally in these critical battleground states.’
Clinton’s campaign worked with attorneys and data scientist analysts to look for abnormalities in the voting. This would indicate a possible hacked result. These analysts have expertise in technology, politics, and academia.
Then the campaign met with outside experts to go over those results. After that, they created a reference list of theories and investigated them. Clinton’s people also looked at how laws and practices relate to recounts and related issues. Elias said that perhaps, the most important effort was:
‘We have monitored and staffed the post-election canvasses — where voting machine tapes are compared to poll-books, provisional ballots are resolved, and all of the math is double checked from election night. During that process, we have seen Secretary Clinton’s vote total grow, so that, today, her national popular vote lead now exceeds more than 2 million votes.’
The campaign’s attorney continued:
‘Now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides…recount. But regardless of the potential to change the outcome in any of the states, we feel it is important, on principle, to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself.’
The may be the most amazing election ever held in our country.
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