Politics

Clinton Urged To Challenge Results In Three Swing States

| by Oren Peleg

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has surpassed Republican President-elect Donald Trump's popular vote count by two million votes -- and growing. Now, a group of voting rights activists is calling on Clinton to challenge election results in three states that decided the election.

According to CNN, Trump won Michigan’s 16 electoral college votes by a margin just over 10,000 ballots. Trump won Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes by a margin of roughly 27,000, and Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes by about 50,000.

Trump managed to win the electoral vote count by nearly 60 votes, despite losing the popular vote.

According to New York Magazine, John Bonifaz, a voting rights attorney, and J. Alex Halderman, director of the Center for Computer Security and Society at the University of Michigan, say they have evidence that votes in the election results were manipulated or hacked.

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The two men held a conference call Nov. 17 to announce their finds that Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in Wisconsin counties using voting machines. This may have cost Clinton 30,000 votes -- more than the margin of her loss in the state.

On Nov. 22, Heba Abedin, sister of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, posted on Facebook: “Call the DOJ … and tell them you want the votes audited. … Even if it’s busy, keep calling.”

"We vastly underfund the way in which we run our elections," Michael McDonald, a University of Florida associate professor and electoral system expert, told USA Today. "The bottom line is that you want to get the count right.”

But Hans Von Spakovsky, a former Federal Election Commission member now with the Heritage Foundation, disputes the idea that any large swing in results may still await Clinton. “The chances of changing tens of thousands of votes? That’s just not going to happen.” 

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Sources: New York Magazine, USA Today, CNN / Photo credit: Paula R. Lively/Flickr

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