Friday 21 July 2017

'Strong evidence' voting rigged against Clinton

Huma Abedin, Clinton’s top aide, whose sister has called on people to request an audit of the vote
Huma Abedin, Clinton’s top aide, whose sister has called on people to request an audit of the vote
Hillary Clinton has been urged by computer scientists and lawyers to challenge the election results in three key battleground states. Photo: AP

Rachael Revesz

Computer scientists say they have strong evidence that the presidential election was rigged against Hillary Clinton in three key states.

Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania were potentially manipulated, according to a group of prominent computer scientists and lawyers who have urged the Democratic nominee to challenge the results.

The activists, who include voting rights lawyer John Bonifaz and J Alex Halderman, director of the University of Michigan's centre for computer security and society, believe their evidence shows that the results in these three battleground states - which lost Mrs Clinton the election on November 8 - might have been hacked.

As reported by 'New York Magazine', the group is not speaking on the record but is privately lobbying Mrs Clinton's team to challenge the election results.

In Wisconsin, the Democratic candidate received 7pc less votes in counties that depended on electronic-voting machines compared with counties that used optical scanners and paper ballots, and consequently Mrs Clinton may have lost up to 30,000 votes. She lost Wisconsin by a total of 27,000 votes.

The group has already held a call with Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and campaign general counsel Marc Elias to argue that while it has not found conclusive evidence of a hack, the pattern in its results merits an independent review.

Mrs Clinton has made no indication that she will challenge the results and the White House is intent on a smooth transition of power.

The deadline to file for a vote recount is between tomorrow and next Wednesday for the three states.

The vote in Michigan has still not been called as the results on November 8 were very close - and the 16 electoral votes in the state have not been apportioned to either Mr Trump or Mrs Clinton.

Mr Trump has 290 electoral college votes, compared with Mrs Clinton's 232 votes. Michigan is likely to be given to the Republican side.

Mrs Clinton may have got the second-most amount of votes ever despite losing.

The former secretary of state would need to win Michigan and overturn the results in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania to win the electoral college.

Another factor is so-called 'faithless electors' who will not vote for the candidate which won in the popular vote in their state. So far, six electoral college voters have said they will not vote for Mr Trump.

Meanwhile, more than 4.5 million people have signed a petition for more electoral college delegates to defy the instructions given to them in their state.

There have been only 157 faithless electors throughout history but they have never overturned an election.

Mr Trump said on Tuesday during a meeting with the 'New York Times' that he was "never a fan" of the electoral college and he would have preferred to win in the popular vote.

Heba Abedin, the sister of Mrs Clinton's top aide Huma Abedin, called on Facebook for people to phone the justice department and request an audit of the vote.

"They are starting to recognise there really is something off about the election results as they come in," she wrote in a post.

Deception

Mrs Clinton said during the third presidential debate in October that Mr Trump's refusal to say he would definitely accept the election result if he lost was "horrifying".

In a major volte-face this week, Mr Trump changed his position on prosecuting Mrs Clinton.

During the campaign he insisted: "If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception."

However, while speaking about pursuing criminal charges against Mrs Clinton and her husband Bill earlier this week, the president elect said: "It's just not something that I feel very strongly about ... I think it would be very, very divisive for the country." (© Independent News Service)

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