Donald Trump was so sure he was going to lose, he claimed the election was rigged before the first vote was cast. Was he looking for an excuse to blame an embarrassing loss on? Or does he know recounts will prove his point, that the elections were rigged – in his favor?
The recount efforts were started by Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein, who claims she does not expect the results to be overturned, only verified for accuracy. The fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.5 million votes is already enough to make Trump’s election seem illegitimate, especially to those who believe the antiquated Electoral College needs to go.
Still, the idea of a recount has the Trump campaign worried enough to try to stop them. According to a local Wisconsin Fox6 Now news report,
Conservative political action groups are calling for a stoppage of the Wisconsin election recount. However, a judge has denied an emergency request for now — meaning the counting continues.
The Trump campaign and its supporters are also trying to stop recounts in Michigan. A press release from the Secretary of State Ruth Johnson states,
The Michigan Bureau of Elections today received an objection from representatives of Donald J. Trump regarding the presidential election recount that was filed yesterday by Green Party nominee Jill Stein.
In Pennsylvania, where scrutiny by local election officials has already reduced Trump’s lead considerably, the Trump camp appears worried about what might happen if a state-wide recount happens.
As Politico notes,
Attorneys for President-elect Donald Trump have moved to block the vote recount in Pennsylvania, adding to complaints filed to stop similar proceedings in Michigan and Wisconsin.
On Jill Stein’s website, photos show evidence that 5 out of 9 voting machines in St. Croix County may have been tampered with.
Stein has called Trump’s attempts to stop the recount efforts, “Shameful and outrageous.”
Whether or not improperly counted votes change the outcome, vote tampering is not the only way to unethically influence the outcome of an election. Voter suppression efforts in 2016 may have had an even bigger effect on the results.
Ari Berman, political analyst, author, and Senior writer at The Nation, wrote,
The real danger to American democracy stems from GOP efforts to make it harder to vote. New voting restrictions—like voter-ID laws, cuts to early voting and barriers to voter registration—that are in place in 14 states for the first time in 2016 will make it harder for millions of eligible voters to cast a ballot. And voters are lacking crucial protections because this is the first presidential election in 50 years without the full provisions of the Voting Rights Act.
Voter turnout hit a 20-year low in 2016. That’s a blow to the democratic process no matter how you count it. It is also something that needs to change if the majority of Americans are going to have a voice in how their country is governed. Forfeiting voting rights is almost as anti-democratic as having them taken them away.
To express your views on the issues outside the voting booth, contact your member of Congress by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.
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