Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein launched an effort to raise $2.5 million to fund a recount in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin to challenge President-elect Donald Trump's win in those states.
Stein made a statement on her website:
We hope to do recounts in all three states. If we only raise sufficient money for two, we will demand recounts in two states. If we only raise enough money for one, we will demand a recount in one state. If we do not raise enough for any recount (which is highly unlikely) we pledge to use the money for election integrity efforts and to promote systemic voting system reform.
The effort comes after J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, told the Clinton campaign they believe former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton performed worse in counties that used electronic voting machines, which he found questionable, reported CNN.
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“Were this year’s deviations from pre-election polls the results of a cyberattack? Probably not,” Halderman wrote for Medium. “I believe the most likely explanation is that the polls were systematically wrong, rather than that the election was hacked.”
But Halderman nonetheless urged for a recount.
“The only way to know whether a cyberattack changed the result is to closely examine the available physical evidence — paper ballots and voting equipment in critical states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania,” he added.
But data analyst Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight cast doubt on the possibility that a recount would show a favorable result for Clinton.
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“Run a regression on [Wisconsin] counties with [less or equal to] 50,000 people, and you find that Clinton improved more in counties with only paper ballots,” Silver tweeted. “However, the effect completely disappears once you control for race and education levels, the key factors in predicting vote shifts this year.”
He added: “Maybe a more complicated analysis would reveal something, but usually bad news when a finding can't survive a basic sanity check like this.”
Although Stein's recount efforts could help Clinton if it changes the results in at least two of the three states, Stein is reportedly not a big fan of the former Secretary of State.
"I will have trouble sleeping at night if Donald Trump is elected. I will also have trouble sleeping at night if Hillary Clinton is elected," Stein said in August, according to CNN. "And as despicable as Donald Trump's words are, I find Hillary Clinton's actions and track record is very troubling."