Jill Stein requests US presidential election recount after hacking allegations; Other experts say there is ‘zero evidence’

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Jill Stein requests recount
Jill Stein requests recount

Earlier this week, Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein scrambled to put up the funds to request for a recount of the recently concluded elections. By Friday, she was able to initiate a review in Wisconsin. She is still planning to file requests for other swing states Michigan and Pennsylvania.

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The Wisconsin Election Commission has already confirmed that they received the petition and agreed to a statewide recount. This includes three million ballots, whose review will begin late next week.

A copy of the filing was secured by the guardian, which highlighted similar complaints launched by computer analysts who suggested that the election results had some discrepancies.

“There was a significant increase in the number of absentee voters as compared to the last general election,” shared the report. “This significant increase could be attributed to a breach of the state’s electronic voter database.”

Jill Stein computer experts blame hackers for Clinton loss

University of Michigan professor and election security specialist J. Alex Halderman also believes that there could be plausible reason to investigate the recent elections.

“One explanation for the results of the 2016 presidential election is that cyberattacks influenced the result,” he shared in an account. “The only way to know whether a cyberattack changed the result is to closely examine the available physical evidence, and that nobody is ever going to examine that evidence unless candidates in those states act now, in the next several days, to petition for recounts.”

But while some are moving heaven and earth to have a recount, others do not see any reason at all to revisit the results.

“There is zero evidence of tampering right now. Zero,” shared Center for Election Innovation and Research director David Becker.

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Ironically, Halderman also shares some of Becker’s sentiments attributing the results to systematic error, rather than hackers.

“Were this year’s deviations from pre-election polls the results of a cyberattack? Probably not,” added Halderman. “I believe the most likely explanation is that the polls were systematically wrong, rather than that the election was hacked. But I don’t believe that either one of these seemingly unlikely explanations is overwhelmingly more likely than the other.”

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