U of M professor believes presidential election may have been rigged in 3 states

J. Alex Halderman of the University of Michigan
J. Alex Halderman of the University of Michigan

A University of Michigan professor is among a group of computer scientists and election lawyers urging Hillary Clinton to seek a recount because of evidence that the election results may have been manipulated or hacked in three states.

J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, and other experts presented the findings to Clinton’s campaign team, according to New York Magazine.

They said the findings suggest vote tampering in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

The group discovered lower-than-usual vote counts for Clinton in counties that relied on electronic voting machines. But the vote tally was normal in counties that used optical scanners and paper ballots. 

In Wisconsin, for example, Clinton’s vote count dropped 7% on electronic voting machines. The statistical analysis indicated that Clinton may have lost up to 30,000 votes in Wisconsin, where the Democratic candidate lost by 27,000 votes.

The election is still too close to call in Michigan.

The group did not present its findings to the public and wants to first get Clinton to contest the results.
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Although the computer scientists found no proof of hacking, they believe the pattern is suspicious enough to merit an independent investigation, especially after the Justice Department believes the Russian government hacked the Democratic National Committee and others in the party.

If Clinton won the three states, she would have enough Electoral Collage votes to defeat President-elect Donald Trump.

Clinton has until Friday to ask for a recount in Wisconsin, Monday in Pennsylvania and Wednesday in Michigan. 

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.