There are a lot of threads going around the internet, Facebook, and Twitter today saying that you can call the Voting Section of the Department of Justice and ask them to audit the Presdiential-election votes in closely-contested states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. It’s not a hoax. I called, as did many of my friends.
Call the Voting Section of the DOJ directly at (202) 307-2767. Ask them to audit the vote.
You can also call (202) 353-1555, or the main switchboard at (202) 514- 2000. Ask for Elections Division or Voting Section.
It may be busy the first few times you dial, but be persistent. We got through in about 4 tries each. Tell the person that you want the DOJ to conduct election audits in the closely-contested tallies in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. They will ask your name, phone number, city and state. The woman I spoke to said they’d call me back in a day or two.
There is also a toll-free number at (800) 253-3931 and you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. The toll-free line was always busy for us, and I’m always dubious of whether email really gets the message across in situations like this.
By the numbers: why this matters.
As of today, Hillary Clinton has 1.6 million more votes than Trump. He took Michigan’s 16 electoral votes by a margin of less than 11,000 votes. He has Wisconsin’s 10 electors by a margin of just 27,000 votes, Pennsylvania’s 20 electors by 68,000 votes, and Florida’s 20 by just 120,000. These margins are close enough, especially given all the polling, to warrant recounts and audits.
Even more compelling are studies coming out that statistics from optical-scan ballot counting in counties in few states differed widely from paper-ballot counting in other counties. New York Magazine reports “persuasive evidence that results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked.”
Now if Trump had also taken the popular vote, one could at least argue that the will of the people is being respected in swearing him into office. But he doesn’t have the mandate, not by a long shot. The American people deserve the assurance that their will wasn’t ignored due to counting errors, or worse, tampering and fraud on the part of Trump supporters.
In fairness, Clinton is up in Minnesota by only 44,000 (10 electors), and only 3,000 in New Hampshire (4 electors). Those deserve to be audited as well, and if it turns out they swing to Trump, at least we know justice was fairly served.