While one group of leftists want to abolish the Electoral College and another group wants the Electoral College members to betray the voters, a third group has found yet another way to steal the election away from Donald Trump. Or, to be more realistic about it, another way to sew seeds of doubt about his legitimacy.
J. Alex Halderman, a computer science professor from the University of Michigan, is urging Hillary Clinton to challenge the results of the election in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Halderman and voting-rights lawyer John Bonifaz believe they have found evidence of possible tampering in those states and they are calling for a recount.
Last Thursday, the activists held a conference call with Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and campaign general counsel Marc Elias to make their case, according to a source briefed on the call. 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.
Halderman acknowledges that they have found no direct evidence of election fraud; they are merely basing their suspicions on what they see as a strange pattern in the results.
If the Clinton camp finds any validity to the theory, they’ll have to act fast. Deadlines for challenging the results are rapidly approaching; they only have until Friday to ask for a recount in Wisconsin.
But for a second, let’s put aside our suspicions that this is just more partisan activism. Let’s assume for a minute that these computer techs are unbiased and that there is something to their concerns. What would that mean?
Well, it would mean that Trump was right all along, wouldn’t it? For the last four months straight, Democrats have been telling us that election fraud is a myth and that it would be IMPOSSIBLE for the U.S. elections to be “rigged” in any significant form. Now, every Hillary Clinton supporter in the country seems to agree that they were screwed by the system in one way or another.
By all means, though: proceed.
We’re watching. We’ll remember.