After demanding for months that Donald Trump abide by the election night results and concede when he lost the Democrats are now trying to get the defeated candidate to call for a recount.
Hillary Clinton is being urged to call for a recount in three crucial states where some experts believe results may have been hacked.
Voting-rights lawyer John Bonifaz and prominent computer scientist J Alex Halderman of the University of Michigan, are part of a group of experts who believe results in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked, New York Magazine reports.
The group is lobbying Clinton’s team to request an independent review as soon as possible, to count the paper ballots and compare them to the electronic results.
While the group did not find evidence of hacking, their analysis found Clinton received 7 per cent fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic-voting machines, compared to areas that used optical scanners and paper ballots.
They believe this may have cost Clinton up to 30,000 votes, a potentially game-changing number if you consider she lost Wisconsin by 27,000.
If she won all three states she could overturn the outcome of the election.
“America’s voting machines have serious cybersecurity problems,” Halderman explained in a blogpost.
“We’ve been pointing out for years that voting machines are computers, and they have reprogrammable software, so if attackers can modify that software by infecting the machines with malware, they can cause the machines to give any answer whatsoever.”
Halderman, a leading authority on voting system security, said the only way to know whether a cyberattack changed the result was to examine the paper ballots in crucial states.
“Unfortunately, nobody is ever going to examine that evidence unless candidates in those states act now, in the next several days, to petition for recounts,” he said.
Halderman is not the only one calling for an recount. There are growing calls for the election to be audited over fears of foreign interference.
Here we go again. The only people who ever challenge elections are Democrats. It was Al Gore who demanded a recount in Florida and went to court over it. Now we have calls for Hillary Clinton to do the same.
The Democrats and media were calling for Donald Trump to accept the election results, why aren’t they calling on Hillary Clinton to do the same.
– NZ Herald