Politics

Stein: Pennsylvania Votes Could Have Been Hacked

| by Robert Fowler

Despite missing the deadline for challenging the Pennsylvania election results, former Green Party candidate Jill Stein is still filing a motion for a recount in the state, asserting that its voting machines could have been hacked.

Stein is currently engaged in a grassroots campaign to initiate a recount in the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Despite raising the money necessary to initiate a voter recount in the Keystone State, Pennsylvania Department of State spokeswoman Wanda Murren said that Stein missed the deadline to do so on Nov. 21, according to the Washington Examiner.

The former Green Party candidate has asserted that she is not attempting to overturn the election results in the three states, which all went for President-elect Donald Trump, but instead to ensure that the voting results had not been tampered with.

On Nov. 28, Stein's lawyers submitted a request to initiate a recount based on the concerns of voting systems expert Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society.

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The Stein camp has not produced tangible evidence of voting machine tampering, instead citing the intelligence community's confidence that Russia has participated in hacks against Democratic Party organization, according to Slate.

Halderman himself had previously stated that he believed the chances of a cyberattack on voting machines was unlikely, but added that the only way to be sure was to conduct a full paper recount.

"I am convinced, and it didn't start in this election, that we have a very vulnerable, wide-open voting system," Stein told Fox News Business. "These electronic voting machines are basically a black box. They are an invitation to tampering. We've seen it over and over again and in this election … You won't see hacking unless you look for it."

Stein cited the foreign hacking of the Democratic National Committee as evidence that outside actors were interested in manipulating the presidential election.

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"We know there was hacking all around the periphery of this election and we know that outdated ...10-year-old voting machines without security are being used all over the place, most vulnerable in these three states."

The campaign for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to help collaborate in Stein's recount initiative. Despite the uneasy alliance, Stein continues to be a vehement Clinton critic and asserts that she is not interested in seeing Trump's election overturned.

"This is not a partisan action here — this is on the behalf of very frustrated, cynical, disappointed voters who … said they were disgusted by the process of this election," Stein said. "And unhappy with the candidates and unhappy with the dialogue, unhappy with the whole thing. And very unhappy with these voting machines that we saw being hacked."

Sources: Fox News Business, Slate, Washington Examiner / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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