Friday, November 25, 2016

Jill Stein Raises $4.8 Million For Election Recounts In 3 Battleground States

Weeks before Election Day, Donald Trump warned over and over that the system was "rigged." We might just find out it really was - in his favor.

With Hillary Clinton's lead in the popular vote currently exceeding 2.1 million, computer cyber scientists at the University of Michigan noting serious "irregularities" in voting patterns in three swing states, plus the now infamous hacking into Clinton campaign emails by Russian actors, many feel it's possible the election may well have been tampered with.

From The Guardian:

Dozens of professors specialising in cybersecurity, defense, and elections have in the past two days signed an open letter to congressional leaders stating that they are “deeply troubled” by previous reports of foreign interference, and requesting swift action by lawmakers.

“Our country needs a thorough, public congressional investigation into the role that foreign powers played in the months leading up to November,” the academics said in their letter, while noting they did not mean to “question the outcome” of the election itself.

Halderman, the University of Michigan computer security expert, noted that this Friday is the deadline for requesting a recount in Wisconsin, where Trump’s winning margin stands at 0.7%. In Pennsylvania, where his margin is 1.2%, the deadline falls on Monday. In Michigan, where the Trump lead is currently just 0.3%, the deadline is Wednesday 30 November.

In response to these issues, Independent presidential candidate Jill Stein has raised over $4.8 million, with a goal of $7 million, to pay for a recount/audit of the voting in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Stein has publicly stated the effort is not to aid Clinton but "to shine a light on just how untrustworthy the U.S. election system is."

While I personally don't think the election results will be overturned by this exercise, I think a huge segment of the American electorate will feel better having the (surprising) votes in these three states examined.

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