Despite Hillary Clinton’s concession of electoral defeat on November 9, there is a growing effort in some quarters to challenge the results of the presidential election. For example, a professor of computer science at the University of Michigan has joined other experts and lawyers in calling for a recount of three swing states that President-elect Donald Trump won in the contest.
According to New York Magazine
, U-Michigan professor J. Alex Halderman has called on Clinton to demand the recount. Halderman and his associates assert that they have found evidence to show that the election results in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin were hacked or manipulated. While the group has not yet spoken on record, the members are reportedly seeking to persuade Clinton’s electoral team. Halderman is the head of the Center for Computer Security and Society. He has been in contact with Clinton's campaign director John Podesta and an attorney for the campaign.
Halderman has demonstrated a lack of security in voting technologies, according to Reveal News
. For example, Halderman and his students hacked the pilot internet voting system of Washington DC in less than 24 hours, altering ballots and spying on voters.
A report on CNN indicted that the above experts have informed the Clinton organization that they have detected a questionable trend of Clinton performing worse in those counties relying on electronic voting machines when compared to those using paper ballots and optical scanners.
Clinton may have been denied as many as 30,000 votes, according to the experts' analysis. Clinton lost Wisconsin by 27,000 votes. The group has not found proof of hacking or manipulation, but they believe the results deserve an independent review in light of the fact that the Obama administration has accused the Russian government of hacking the Democratic National Committee.
In Michigan’s case, the state’s unofficial election results were reported as of November 9. However, some media have yet to call the state for Trump. The Michigan Secretary of State's office unofficial results show Trump leading by just a little more than 13,000 votes. When all was said and done, Trump received 290 electoral votes, while Clinton collected 232. Democrats and progressives are now seeking to abolish the Electoral College or contest its finding in favor of Trump.
Despite assertions by some that Trump won because of hackers, at least two data analysts are skeptical. Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight, and Nate Cohn of The New York Times, said that their analyses showed no discrepancies nor evidence of hacking.
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