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Audit the Vote Petition: Audit Sought on Whether Russia Hacked 2016 Election

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Thousands of people have signed a petition on Change.org demanding an audit of the 2016 presidential election to rule out any possibility that Russian hackers helped give Donald Trump his Electoral College victory.

There’s no evidence of this, although some cyber security and intelligence experts have blamed Russia for hacks of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta. Those acts benefited Trump, who has said he has never even met Vladimir Putin.

The hashtag #AudittheVote was also trending on Twitter on November 17 as Clinton supporters passed around supposed election anomalies. Driving some of the suspicion: The fact that so many polls (pre-election polling but also exit polls) had the election completely wrong.

There is some momentum for a Congressional probe of whether Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, has called for a Congressional investigation into the possibility. On November 17, Rep. Elijah Cumming, who is the ranking Democrat on the House government oversight committee, asked committee chair Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican, to start such an investigation, said Mother Jones.

Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic Leader, supports the call for an investigation.

CNN says federal investigators believe Russians hacked “a contractor for Florida’s election system that may have exposed the personal data of Florida voters.” There were also hacks of election data in Illinois and Arizona, said CNN.

According to Mother Jones, the Office of Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security, released a statement saying in part, “The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations… These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process.” The Daily Beast says the Obama administration believes “Russia’s senior-most officials” ordered hacks “to interfere with the U.S. election process.”

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More than 16,000 people signed the Change.org petition in the first two hours it was created alone. You can find it here.

The petition reads in part,

The FBI determined some months ago that hacking, originating from Russia, was having an influence on our electoral process. These hackers interfered with our presidential election through attempted and successful penetration of email and voter registration databases, among other systems. This created fear, uncertainty, and doubt about the safety of our electoral processes.

Computers tabulated the vast majority of the 129 million votes cast in the presidential election, and polls were wildly off. Did hackers manipulate the results by compromising voting equipment? Did other problems, glitches, or errors affect the outcome?

On the same day the petition emerged, President Barack Obama gave a speech in which he decried Russian cyber attacks. BBC said, “Mr, Obama said there was a difference between ‘Russian intelligence-gathering’ and ‘meddling with elections or going after private organisations or commercial entities.'”

He said the U.S. was “monitoring it carefully,” according to The BBC.

Some of those close to Trump have ties to Russia.

The Verified Voting organization says some states already have “requirements for mandatory manual audits (in randomly selected precincts) of the voter-verified paper records produced by the voting systems in use in those states.” You can see a map of the states with such audits here.

The group, which started the Change.org petition, says, “No voting system is perfect. Nearly all U.S. elections today are counted using electronic voting systems. Such voting systems have produced result-changing errors through problems with hardware, software, and procedures.”

Conspiracy theorists also point to Clinton’s lead in the popular vote and the closeness of Donald Trump’s victories in a series of battleground states. According to Dave Wasserman and Cook Political Report, as of November 17, Clinton had extended her lead in the popular vote:

Clinton: 63,045,266
Trump: 61,607,950

There are still uncounted ballots, including several million in California alone.

However, Trump supporters fired back on Twitter, saying Democrats might regret an audit because it could expose other problems, such as the possibility that non-citizens had voted in the presidential election.

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37 comments

  1. Two Democrats from California came forward claiming they had proof that the Russians were involved in the DNC hacking

    In fact these two Democrats have a hidden Scandal of Their Own !!

    Can we call it insider-trading ? maybe !

    One of the Democrats made approximately $150,000 in 6 days stock trading.

    These two Democrats are surrounded in controversy in decisions that were made concerning company stocks.

    The two Democrats that came two Clinton’s Aid one claiming it was okay for Hillary Clinton to have a private email server as long as she kept (all records) not just official records but (all records) this was the requirements for her private email server !

    Hillary Clinton failed to comply with her promise to keep (all records)

    Hillary Clinton’s own admission, sad she deleted emails from her server !

    There is no proof ,other than Gucifer involved in the email hacking.

    Vladimir Putin has denied all involvement concerning the DNC hacking.

  2. It takes an exceptionally obtuse writer to get the very first word wrong:

    “Thousands…”

    Inaccurate. At the time you published this there were 4.3 million signatures. Words matter. Use them correctly.

    • I ain’t go’en ! Too trying ! Too figuring ! Why ! you being so upset ! Unless you Being a Hillary rotten Clinton supporter. And that be splainin a whole lotten of things !

      Man what an idiot !

    • You do know this has nothing to do with that electoral hijacking petition with 4mm sigs. This is a new petition to recount votes in certain counties because some can’t deal with the results. These systems are not online, so they are grasping at straws, literally, saying that Russian operatives in the US under deep cover physically went to these locations and hacked the machines, with no evidence other than exit polls.

      To the author, when will you stop promoting this division? Do you want a civil war? What good could come from overturning election results at this point? The Democratic candidate is believed by millions to be corrupt, they were caught rigging their own primaries. If a recount was done under an Obama government, that overturned the results, people will be split on who to believe. It will cause an outright civil war, maybe that is their plan all along, divide us, then let us fight ourselves in an all out civil war, and you are playing right into their hands pushing this type of agenda to overturn an election. Be careful what you wish for, the country choosing sides and grabbing guns is good for noone.

      • You can run around having people sign petitions for the rest of your life, It will accomplish nothing. 240 years we’ve been electing Presidents and all you weak minded people think you can change that because you are unhappy with the results. All the energy you wasted for a lost cause, could have gone towards something positive. Pathetic, spoiled people.

      • The protests didn’t work, so they found another angle. CNN posted an article, when Donald trump wondered about voting irregularities before the election, that hacking wasn’t a possibility. The DNC Jill Stein Clinton surrogate is witch hunting. Be careful about what you wish for Democrats….you might find out she lost by a bigger percentage than was formerly imagined.
        I spoke with Michigan elections division after the election, and they said they don’t see those numbers changing enough for a Hillary win by any stretch of the word.

    • Correct 4.3 million.. I signed.. I seen with my own eyes.. The problem is .. The end is near . That’s why the world is in conflict. How can anyone agree with Racist antics , No political background, To be honest I believe no matter what Trump didn’t spend in his campaign The head electors want A War . Blood shed, purge, I am praying to the Creator for help .. We all are doomed

    • What a fool you are… the petition they are talking about in this article is the Audit The Vote petition which has 88,399 signatures. So the author of the article was correct. The petition you are talking about is for the Electoral College to not vote for trump and that one has near 4,600,000 signatures. Get your facts right A King… facts do matter.

    • You have to understand Elizabeth, GOD chose Trump because he’s GODS chosen one. This country is supposed to run as GODS country not peoples, where they can do whatever they want, GOD doesn’t always choose an angel, but someone who can bring it back to the way GOD wants it, no killing of the innocent unborn, you remember what GOD did to gays and lesbians at sodom and gomoro, this earth must be given back to OUR DEAR LORD JESUS CHRIST, and follow His laws and not the made up laws of the devil. Your either on GODS side or the devils , you choose Heaven, or Hell, I choose GODS world, and to abide by his rules, not satanic people.

      • You quote the bible have you heard of beware of the Pharisees? Have you heard of do not worship false idols? This guy if let loose especially without checks in balances in place will be the next anti-Christ. I live humbly I care for people as Jesus taught in scripture. Jesus chose equality as do I, Jesus chose to help everyone as do I, Jesus chose to help the poor as do I, and Jesus healed the sick as do I. You have forgotten what the ultimate message of Jesus Christ is and that is love and take care of your fellow man, Meaning all human beings not just man. I would like to remind all of you who push hate in the name of Jesus and the Bible Jesus was of the same ethnicity as of the people you hate so much and want to push out Arab/Persian people and with all endless bickering between all religions you all believe in the same God. The Jewish people believe in the God of Abraham, Islam believes in the God of Abraham, and Christians believe in the god of Abraham. Quit cherry picking the Bible for your own personal gain because while you might be able to quote it or read it everyday but you have missed the message of the bible all together. It is not acceptable to hate anyone for any means Jesus said, ” He who is without sin cast the first stone” and in the bible it says,”Do not pass judgement unless it is righteous judgement”. The only one that can deem that it is righteous judgement is the Lord himself and unless you have a hotline to the Lord you have no right to judge. Trump is everything the bible says will destroy our world and you failed to miss the signs or you chose to embrace the end of the world for your own personal vendetta against gays, or abortion, or black people, or hispanics, even maybe you just have a vendetta against yourself. I could go on for days on how people have failed in upholding the Lords law or the teachings of Christ however I am not going to spend days explaining to people who will never listen. Good luck in the rapture because Trump is your failure not mine I did my part by educating people what he was and what he is capable of. I did my part and voted against Trump for I knew what he would bring. I hope you have a speech ready for when the end times come because you are at fault for letting Satan destroy our world. Good Luck!

      • It’s true what I said on some things but not trump. God did not chose a kkk Klan member to run the country. He is a business man not a president. He don’t even have class and can’t talk to people right or dress. Need to get rid of that Hair on his head. Those big ads hands and I know he is a illuminati man that is why the world is comming to a end

      • Going with your narrative, I have to say it doesn’t fly. How can it when Trump’s chief adviser openly admits he likes being associated with Satan? “Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power.” Those are Steve Bannon’s words in his interview with The Hollywood Reporter – and he is Trump’s chief adviser. The power of darkness, is what this team admires – the power of Satan in particular. How can you – or any Christian – reconcile Bannon’s words with what you said about God choosing Trump ? You can’t.

        Clearly, God has nothing to do with Trump’s ascension. You’ve been bamboozled by the workings of the devil. Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself – not build a wall. That should have been your first clue.

        • You invoke Jesus’s name to justify us not protecting our nation with a border wall? How sad. Pick up your Bible, dust it off, and read Nehemiah.

  3. As for poor Scarlett she was fired for expressing her opinions?Ok Trump isnt president til january so does this mean that the AMerica the liberals fear is already here proudly sponsored by ……Them once again sheep walking amongst wolves

  4. I love how the dems love to throw out the fact that Hillary won the popular vote like it matters but now want to recount the votes and audit the results. This is part of the reason the electoral college is necessary.

  5. People who are trying to start a war with Russia. Just keep it up and you will get your crybaby ass way . My advice is is stop and just moved on and let well enough alone.

  6. First of all, let everyone who was crying for a recount pay for it. Secondly when doing the recount please ensure that you check out to the citizen status of each and every vote.

  7. By all means as long as you audit all of the gegistrations for illegal votes. Audit any illegal alien votes, dead person votes, multiple votes, along with the programming of every voting machine. Have representatives from both parties present. You aren’t going to like what they find.

  8. • This is the first election in 50 years w/o the full protections of the Voting Rights Act (the Supreme Court gutted it in 2013)
    • Ohio got new high tech voting machines, yet the security feature was turned off that
    • Exit polls had Hillary winning the Elector College well beyond the margin of error
    • It is statistically impossible for Trump to have won Florida, b/c Exit polls showed that 70% voted early and of those, 28% of Republicans voted Hillary, whereas 6% of Democrats voted Trump
    • There’s an Crosscheck program used in 27 states that was designed in 2005 by Kobach who is now a member of Trump’s transition team that purges registered voters who have matching first & last names and Birthdays. It identified 7.2 million matches and 1.1 million voters were purged this election who are disproportionately Black, Asian, and Latino (i.e. Jackson is a very common Black name.) Trump’s margin of victory in key swing states it is used in is a small fraction of the voters purged
    • Trump repeatedly encouraged his voters to vote twice. Some counties show more than 100% turnout

    • Exit polls mean nothing. Its a well known fact now that due to liberals and their intolerance and bigotry, that many Trump voters feel threatened so will say they voted for Hillary to a exit poller. And that 26% Republican vote for Hillary was debunked nearly instantly…if a Republican were to vote for someone other than Trump it likely would be Gary Johnson…Hillary though? Yea. right.

      • I think in his quiet moments, Obama knows that is why his approval ratings are so artificially high.
        Imagine some snowflake with an iPad approaching you and asking you how you feel about this disaster of a president…”Oh he’s great!…Now let go on my way”.

  9. I’m really enjoying this implosion of the American Left. I’m savoring the self-inflicted torment, the gnashing of teeth, as liberals and other leftist mutations attempt to defy reality.
    Love it! Love it! Love it!

  10. So will this audit also focus on the millions of illegal votes cast for the democrat? Several independent sources including Pew have pointed to actual facts regarding democrat voter fraud, but the media ignores it. In fact it’s so vast that if we discount those votes, President-Elect Trump also wind the popular vote. This is nothing new of course. Anyone who is honestly paying attention knows that Romney should have just run for his second term. But go ahead Hitlery…we all knew you didn’t really mean what you said before the election about accepting the results. You go ahead, marxist fools, and dismantle the electoral college. Push us to pure democracy and ensure our Republic Rita even further. Truth us, President-Elect Trump won a majority vote in the majority of states, overcoming massive ballot stuffing that democrats have admitted had occurred for decades. Since we still live in a republic and not a democracy, Presidemt-Elect Trump won legally. Liberal Marxists are such cupcakes and snowflakes. You lost. No trophy for losing. Your candidate was so bad, she lost to an outsider. The demonrat party is so bad, they couldn’t manage to retake a senate ripe for the picking. Again, you lost. Marxism is dead. The end.

  11. I’m not just an American citizen thathas loved he country for 73 yrs, @ never missed Presidential election but l must cry out as loadly as l can that the 2016 election was not like any l ever witnessed! This entire 2016 campaign & election was the first time in my life…it was a massive horror story that “Edgar Allan Poe could NEVER IMAGINE!!” Wake up fellow countrymen! Putin just put our new President into OUR WHITE HOUSE AND GOT AWAY WITH IT! THE ENTIRE WORLD KNOWS IT & AWAITS OUR REACTION. GOD HELP US, PLEASE?

  12. Hilary is violating our democracy in our country. When she refused to concede and called for the recounts, she is invoking the CIVIL WAR in United States. We are ready to go Civil War to protect our democracy. Hillary is a liar and criminal. She should be prosecuted.