Jill Stein raises cash to finance recount in Michigan,Wisconsin and Pennsylvania where vote is very close and computer scientists and analysts worry vote tampering might have occurred.

There is a fundraising campaign underway to raise 2.5 million dollars to finance a recount in three key battleground states with a total of 46 electoral college votes. The Green party chief Dr.Jill Stein has already raised 1.9 million $ and appears well on her way to achieving her goal by Friday when she must file a formal request for a recount. Computer scientists at the University of Michigan including the director of the University of Michigan Center for computer security and society have raised the possibility of hacking into the computers that were used in some of the states to tabulate the vote and have observed a possible anomaly where counties that used electronic voting recorded 7% fewer votes for Mrs Clinton than areas where paper ballots and optical scanners were used.
It is possible that this variance in the vote simply coincidently reflects a common demographic pattern but it does seem to suggest further analysis and examination of the vote is needed to validate the results. The computer scientist at the University of Michigan, J.Alex Halderman has suggested in a statement released to the press that the electronic voting machines being used in some areas were in fact vulnerable to being hacked and might have been programmed to alter the actual vote. So it would be prudent in these states where the vote was very close to re-examine the vote and ensure that there were no hacks made. This will be an unresolved controversy unless a recount clears the air.The margin of difference at the moment in Michigan is some 9528 votes, in Wisconsin 22,525 votes and 69,741 votes in Pennsylvania. A shift in as few as 51000 votes from Trump to Clinton after a recount distributed appropriately among the three states could make Hillary Clinton and not Donald Trump the appropriate President elect.


About haroldchorneyeconomist

I am Professor of political economy at Concordia university in Montréal, Québec, Canada. I received my B.A.Hons (econ.&poli sci) from the University of Manitoba. I also completed my M.A. degree in economics there. Went on to spend two years at the London School of Economics as a Ph.D. student in economics and then completed my Ph.D. in political economy at the University of Toronto. Was named a John W.Dafoe fellow, a CMHC fellow and a Canada Council fellow. I also was named a Woodrow Wilson fellow in 1968 after completing my first class honours undergraduate degree. Worked as an economist in the area of education, labour economics and as the senior economist with the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation for the Government of Manitoba from 1972 to 1978. I also have worked as an economic consultant for MDT socio-economic consultants and have been consulted on urban planning, health policy, linguistic duality and public sector finance questions by the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan,the cities of Regina and Saskatoon, Ontario and the Federal government of Canada. I have also been consulted by senior leaders of the British Labour party, MPs from the Progressive Conservative party, the Liberal party and the New Democrats on economic policy questions. Members of the Government of France under the Presidency of Francois Mitterand discussed my work on public sector deficits. I have also run for elected office at the municipal level. I first began to write about quantitative easing as a useful policy option during the early 1980s.
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