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A group of “prominent computer scientists and election lawyers” are urging Democrat Hillary Clinton in private to call for a recount of the Nov. 8 presidential elections in the swing states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, New York magazine’s Daily Intelligencer blog reported Tuesday, citing what they call unusual discrepancies between counties that used electronic ballots versus other methods.
According to the report, the “academics presented findings showing that in Wisconsin, Clinton received 7% fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic voting machines compared with counties that used optical scanners and paper ballots.” In Wisconsin, the seeming discrepancy amounted to 30,000 votes, more than the 27,000 Clinton lost the election by there.
The thinly veiled implication is that something abnormal and perhaps sinister occurred with the state’s electronic ballot machines, throwing the election for Clinton’s Republican competitor, President-elect Donald Trump. All three states would have to exhibit result-changing phenomena for the national election results to change, as Trump’s Electoral College lead is 290 to 232 with Michigan remaining too close to call.
But FiveThirtyEight founder and statistician Nate Silver casted doubt on the statistical methods used, tweeting a “*very* quick analysis” showed additional data controls eliminated the effect.
Silver also posted he observed no phenomena in Pennsylvania, and Michigan relies entirely on paper ballots.