[LINK] Computer scientists urge Clinton campaign to challenge election results
brd at iimetro.com.au
Thu Nov 24 10:34:44 AEDT 2016
Computer scientists urge Clinton campaign to challenge election results
By Dan Merica, CNN
November 23, 2016
Hillary Clinton's campaign is being urged by a number of top computer
scientists to call for a recount of vote totals in Wisconsin, Michigan
and Pennsylvania, according to a source with knowledge of the request.
The computer scientists believe they have found evidence that vote
totals in the three states could have been manipulated or hacked and
presented their findings to top Clinton aides on a call last Thursday.
The scientists, among them J. Alex Halderman, the director of the
University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, told
the Clinton campaign they believe there is a questionable trend of
Clinton performing worse in counties that relied on electronic voting
machines compared to paper ballots and optical scanners, according to
The group informed John Podesta, Clinton's campaign chairman, and Marc
Elias, the campaign's general counsel, that Clinton received 7% fewer
votes in counties that relied on electronic voting machines, which the
group said could have been hacked.
Their group told Podesta and Elias that while they had not found any
evidence of hacking, the pattern needs to be looked at by an independent
Neither Halderman nor John Bonifaz, an attorney also pressing the case,
responded to requests for comment on Tuesday evening. Their urging was
first reported by New York magazine.
A message left with President-elect Donald Trump's transition team also
was not immediately returned.
There were widespread concerns about hacking ahead of this month's
election, including the Obama administration accusing Russia of
attempting to breach voter registration data. But election officials and
cybersecurity experts said earlier this month that it is virtually
impossible for Russia to influence the election outcome.
A former Clinton aide declined to respond to questions about whether
they will request an audit based on the findings.
Additionally, at least three electors have pledged to not vote for Trump
and to seek a "reasonable Republican alternative for president through
Electoral College," according to a statement
Wednesday from a group called the Hamilton Electors, which represents them.
"The Founding Fathers created the Electoral College as the last line of
defense," one elector, Michael Baca, said in a statement, "and I think
we must do all that we can to ensure that we have a reasonable
Republican candidate who shares our American values."
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