NEW YORK —A prominent group of activists are urging Hillary Clinton to call for a recount in three swing states won by Donald Trump that they believed might have been hacked, according to New York Magazine.
The group, comprised of computer scientists and election lawyers, held a conference call last Thursday with Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and campaign general counsel Marc Elias after they say they found evidence that results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania could have been manipulated.
Members of the group told the Clinton campaign that in Wisconsin, Clinton received seven percent fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic-voting machines compared with counties that used optical scanners and paper ballots.
According to this statistical analysis, Clinton may have been denied as many as 30,000 votes. Clinton lost Wisconsin and its 10 Electoral College votes by 27,000 votes.
There is no official proof of hacking, but the group of activists said the suspicious pattern merits a review.
Current tallies put Trump’s Electoral College toll at 290 to Clinton’s 232 — which doesn’t include Michigan’s 16, because it was too close to call.
If the results were overturned in both Wisconsin (10 Electoral College votes) and Pennsylvania (20 votes), along with winning Michigan’s 16, Clinton could win the Electoral College.
The deadline in Wisconsin to file for a recount is Friday; in Pennsylvania, it’s Monday; and Michigan is next Wednesday.
It is not yet clear whether the Clinton campaign will call for a recount.
According to New York Magazine, the White House is already focused on a smooth transition and does not want Clinton to challenge the election.