On Saturday November 27, the Hillary Clinton campaign announced it fully supported Green Party nominee Jill Stein’s effort to request recounts and investigate the results of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania’s election results. While a recount is unlikely to change any of the data, an investigation into potential fraud and hacking could be significant. The 2016 election has been filled with rumors of hacking. It was proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Russian hackers breached the Democratic National Committee’s security system and leaked hundreds of private emails. In a campaign event, President-Elect Trump encouraged the Russians to continue their hacking and find the remained of Secretary Clinton’s notorious emails.
The idea of hacking on election night, however, has gained steam from statistical scientists. One report stated that statisticians determined in some of the more Democratic counties in Wisconsin, the paper votes and the electronic votes were not within a reasonable statistical margin of similarity. The paper vote tallies favored Hillary Clinton by such a large margin that some statisticians believe it is statistically impossible for the electronic ballots to yield such a different result. While the Hillary Clinton campaign has done investigations of their own and found no hacking thus far, they still will participate to make sure that the election is fair for each candidate.
President-Elect Donald Trump lashed out at Dr. Stein and Secretary Clinton in a barrage of tweets. Trump declared that Stein was simply raising money for the Green Party after receiving less than 1% of the vote nationally. Trump continued by tweeting, “The Democrats, when they incorrectly thought they were going to win, asked the election night tabulation be accepted. Not so anymore!” After a series of tweets quoting Clinton from the debates Trump tweeted a declaration that “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” Despite Hillary Clinton’s 2 million vote lead in the popular tally, Trump argues that there was actually fraud against him because some of the votes cast for Clinton were “illegal.” Whether or not either President-Elect Trump’s claims or Dr. Stein’s claims have merit remains to be seen but it appears as if lawyers will have their work cut out in the coming days. In the meantime, however, President-Elect Trump will continue his cabinet appointments as inauguration day looms just over 50 days from now.