Sunday, December 11, 2016

Counting and Recounting: Tinfoil?

Here we have we have a short recounting of the events at one Michigan recount, from Nick Sharp:
Trump’s legal team was there in force, circling the room like sharks. They were challenging everything, gumming up the works and disqualifying whole precincts. I was only aware of a single Green Party attorney plus one law student in my (large) room. Many challenges had one or more Trump lawyers speaking with election officials, and no legal advocate present for the other side; they were simply outnumbered and outgunned.
Going into the election, the Trump campaign had this in their back pocket. So they were planning on making any recount difficult. It is possible that the plan all along was to steal the vote in key states, and then block any recount. This would, for instance, explain why Trump, at the third debate, would not say he was willing to concede. Because he knew that not only was his campaign going to fix the the election, but it was going to make sure that the fix was not investigated. It would also explain why the pre-election opinion polling disagreed with the final tally: the opinion polling was correct; the final tally was deliberately miscounted.

Do I believe this? No. Do I think this is possible? Yes. A full, thorough, and well-funded recount would be appropriate but, for whatever reason, the Democratic Party has chosen not to undertake it. Until our voting procedures are made secure against these tactics, it will always be possible for a campaign that has stolen the election to bury the evidence of that theft; no recount or audit will be allowed.

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