Well, after all those memes and jokes and news articles, US appeared be taking its new President relatively calmly. I mean the Hillary Clinton camp has not even issued a formal challenge to the election results! Who gives up the fight this easily? Well, the Clinton camp might not feel that the elections were rigged but a group of prominent computer scientists and lawyers certainly think so. They have now asked the democrats to file a formal complaint regarding the same.
An activist group which includes well-known names like voting rights lawyer John Bonifaz and director of the University of Michigan’s center for computer security and society, J Alex Halderman, has now come out claiming that certain patterns in the voting points towards the possibility of the election having been rigged.
According to the group, Ms. Clinton received almost 7 per cent fewer votes in counties that relied heavily upon electronic-voting machines as compared to those that deployed optical scanners and paper ballots. The group is using this fact as a basis to infer that Ms Clinton may have lost up to 30,000 votes.
While 30k votes are relatively minor in the bigger picture, considering that the democrats lost Wisconsin by just 27,000 votes — well, this could well have had a major outcome on the election results. The group is now lobbying with the Clinton camp to call for an independent review and depending upon the results of the review, call for a recount of the electoral votes.
Meanwhile, the deadline to file for a vote recount is between Friday and next Wednesday for the three states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Judging by the level of activity we have seen the Clinton side exhibit till now, the likelihood of them actually going to all the trouble and disrupting the transition of power appears to be pretty low.
In all fairness, these claims are pretty thin. Even if you are prepared to ignore all the undoubtedly strict measures put in place to prevent any tampering, the Clinton group was certain to have raised a hue and cry had there been even the slightest concrete evidence of tampering. After all, this wasn’t an election to chose a village chief — the election saw the selection of the new president of the world’s most powerful country.
Ms Clinton would need to win Michigan — where the results have not been called yet — and prove that the results in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania were indeed manipulated, in order to become the president of the US. Considering that she had already made it clear that she would accept the results of the elections during the third and last electoral debate, the likelihood of something of the sort happening is pretty low.