Towards the end of his campaign, Donald Trump couldn’t quit screaming that the election was going to be rigged. Democrats were quick to call bullsh*t, but now, some people are wondering if maybe the election really was fixed after all. Green Party candidate Jill Stein has raised more than $5 million towards recounts in multiple states, and Hillary Clinton has just announced that she will throw her support behind these efforts.
Stein has already begun the proceedings to demand a recount in Wisconsin and promises to do so in Pennsylvania and Michigan. Clinton’s camp has backed Stein in Wisconsin and says they will do the same if she follows through with requesting recounts in other states.
In a statement written on Medium, attorney Marc Erik Elias said that the Clinton campaign has been considering all of their options and has even contemplated the possibility that the election may have been tampered with.
“It should go without saying that we take these concerns extremely seriously. We certainly understand the heartbreak felt by so many who worked so hard to elect Hillary Clinton, and it is a fundamental principle of our democracy to ensure that every vote is properly counted,” he wrote. “Since the day after the election, we have had lawyers and data scientists and analysts combing over the results to spot anomalies that would suggest a hacked result. These have included analysts both from within the campaign and outside, with backgrounds in politics, technology and academia.”
Elias explained that because “this election cycle was unique in the degree of foreign interference witnessed throughout the campaign,” particularly from Russia, the Clinton campaign had taken a number of steps to investigate the outcome, which he then outlined.
According to Elias, Clinton had not originally planned to go forward with a recount since they have not yet found “actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology.” However, Elias said they reconsidered their options after Stein successfully sought a recount in Wisconsin.
Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides. If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well,” Elias wrote. “We do so fully aware that the number of votes separating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the closest of these states — Michigan — well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount. But regardless of the potential to change the outcome in any of the states, we feel it is important, on principle, to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself.”
Elias added that despite the fact that their investigations have yet to turn up definitive “evidence of manipulation of results, now that a recount is underway, we believe we have an obligation to the more than 64 million Americans who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton to participate in ongoing proceedings to ensure that an accurate vote count will be reported.”
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