Computer Scientists Call For Audit of Vote In Three States

I hate writing about this stuff because it makes feel tin-foil helmet-ey, but I’m not the only one who thinks we need to audit the vote (boldface mine):

Hillary Clinton is being urged by a group of prominent computer scientists and election lawyers to call for a recount in three swing states won by Donald Trump, New York has learned. The group, which includes voting-rights attorney John Bonifaz and J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, believes they’ve found persuasive evidence that results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked. The group is so far not speaking on the record about their findings and is focused on lobbying the Clinton team in private.

The academics presented findings showing that in Wisconsin, Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic-voting machines compared with counties that used optical scanners and paper ballots. Based on this statistical analysis, Clinton may have been denied as many as 30,000 votes; she lost Wisconsin by 27,000. While it’s important to note the group has not found proof of hacking or manipulation, they are arguing to the campaign that the suspicious pattern merits an independent review

The Clinton camp is running out of time to challenge the election. According to one of the activists, the deadline in Wisconsin to file for a recount is Friday; in Pennsylvania, it’s Monday; and Michigan is next Wednesday. Whether Clinton will call for a recount remains unclear. The academics so far have only a circumstantial case that would require not just a recount but a forensic audit of voting machines. Also complicating matters, a senior Clinton adviser said, is that the White House, focused on a smooth transfer of power, does not want Clinton to challenge the election result.

We should be doing this as a matter of course anyway (something I argued for when I thought Clinton was going to win).

But that last sentence just kills me, though it’s par for the course for Democrats. If Democrats are more concerned about not making a fuss than they are defending the vote, then the next four years are going to be awful.

For once, it would be encouraging to see Democrats fighting back, instead of just rolling over.

Ranting aside, there is something you can do. First, sign this petition. Second, call the Department of Justice at 202-353-1555 and ask them (politely) to investigate.

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3 Responses to Computer Scientists Call For Audit of Vote In Three States

  1. sglover says:

    The Guardian reports that Jill Stein is putting together an effort to push for such an audit:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/23/jill-stein-election-recount-fund-michigan-wisconsin-pennsylvania

    I think that this might be one time when a third party approach really **is** the way to go. Anyway the Clinton apologists have spent so much time blaming everybody but themselves, that they aren’t the best that they aren’t the best messengers for complaints of **genuine** rulebreaking.

  2. jrkrideau says:

    The IEEE or ACM risk news group has been talking about this for years. Unknown algorithms, easily hacked machines and often the heads companies who build the machines have strong Right-wing ties or are large Republican contributers . What could possibly go wrong?

  3. someone says:

    Or you could be less paranoid. Someone like Nate Silver claims amongst others that:

    “Patterns in Trump’s vote in swing states are well-explained by demographics—not hacking:”
    Still we’ll see.

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