As Green Party Candidate Jill Stein (who I had the honor to meet earlier this year) spearheads a campaign to recount in multiple states, it’s easy to see how someone might scream pointless “conspiracy.” Trump himself has declared the recount efforts “sad,” and many others are accusing people not satisfied with Trump’s Presidency as not being able to accept defeat. This is understandable- especially with the recent outcry about a Trump presidency. However, as the popular vote continues to grow, and the results are more thoroughly analyzed, the Green party candidate and many others might have a serious point. As someone who doesn’t consider themselves one to beilieve in “conspiracy” of any kind, these results are, in some cases, very odd. Here’s why:
Just in Michigan:
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. (http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/11/activists-urge-hillary-clinton-to-challenge-election-results.html)
Donald Trump has now also suggested that the two million votes Clinton is winning by in the popular vote were fraudulent as well.
This would also contribute the the validity of a recount effort. If the presidential elect is suggesting voter fraud, then perhaps it should be investigated.
In another state, Wisconsin, 4 voter precincts had more voters vote than the actual number of people in the town. (http://www.politicususa.com/2016/11/26/election-fraud-complaint-filed-people-voted-total-voters-4-wisconsin-precincts.html). They were caught “padding” for Trump- which is important in such a close state.
In the end, if there’s any question at all, it should be recounted- no matter who the winner is.