Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is being urged by a group of computer scientists and election lawyers to challenge the election results in three key swing states won by President-elect Donald Trump, Gabriel Sherman reported at New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer blog.
The group, which includes voting-rights attorney John Bonifaz and J. Alex Halderman, director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, talked with Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and campaign general counsel Marc Elias on Thursday, Sherman reported. They believe they have evidence some results in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania might have been manipulated or even hacked.
According to the experts' findings, Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in Wisconsin counties that used electronic voting machines as she did in counties that used optical scanners to read paper ballots. If those votes were changed to match the percentages in the rest of the state Clinton could have received an extra 30,000 votes – and she lost Wisconsin by only 27,000.
The group noted it has found no actual evidence votes were manipulated, but said their analysis should be cause enough for an independent review, noting the Obama administration has blamed the Russian government for the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails.
Trump currently has 290 Electoral College votes and Clinton has 232. A told of 270 is needed to win, so an overturning of Wisconsin with 10 electoral votes and Pennsylvania with 20 would get her to 262. Michigan's 16 electoral votes would put her over the top. That state still has not awarded its votes as the vote counting is still too tight to call.
If Clinton chooses to challenge, she is facing a tight deadline. Wisconsin requires a recount request by Friday, Pennsylvania on Monday, and Michigan by Nov. 30.
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