Was the Presidential Election Hacked?
Just the other day we started seeing news reports that Election Lawyers and Computer Scientists have found possible evidence of election tampering in 3 key swing states. After Election Day we saw an Electoral College victory for Trump (the tally is currently 290 votes to Clinton’s 232) and a victory in the popular vote for Clinton by over 2 million votes.
This has already made a number of people cry foul, much like in 2000 when George W. Bush won the Electoral vote, but not the popular vote. This is how the Founding Fathers set up the US Government. It is a Republic, not a direct Democracy. The American people elect their representatives who then vote on behalf of the people, the same way that congress functions. In congress the representatives of the people vote based on the needs of their constituencies. In the Electoral College, only 29 states require faithfulness from the electors. So barring a crazy Electoral College, we are still going to witness a Trump Presidency.
What’s crazy is everything else surrounding this Election. First, we need to tackle this notion of hacking. Unless you live under a rock, you know that cyber security has moved to the forefront this election cycle. The DNC was hacked, and it was blamed on Russia. The fear then became that the elections could be hacked. (This fear wasn’t helped by President-Elect Trump constantly saying that the system was rigged and that if he lost it was because the system was rigged).
In the days, weeks and months leading up to the election there were countless news reports about if the election could be hacked. These did not come from fake news sites; they came from fairly reputable sources. WIRED, Mashable, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, and even Breitbart all covered this. (No, I don’t think Breitbart is a reputable source, but many people do, so I added it to the list). Even Politico covered election hacking! When it comes to hacking an election we are in a weird grey area.
First off, Clinton pledged to accept the results outright, and she already conceded the election to Trump. Second, an appeal on a scale like this could only exacerbate the tensions that have grown since the election. Third, on the other side, if hacking occurred in the three states as experts claim it has, Clinton could still win. The states in question, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, equal 46 electoral votes and would put Clinton above the 270 mark to be named the victor.
As a country we are in a precarious position. This isn’t like 2000 when Bush beat Gore. That came down to one state and a miscount. We are talking about 3 major swing states and possible election fraud, tampering and if some are believed, Foreign intervention in a Presidential Election. Not to mention that if Clinton were to appeal this and it would go to court, there is no more peaceful transition. There will be rioting from the other side of the political spectrum, and we are still likely going to see civil unrest and some form of chaos.
I don’t know what to think about this situation, as it is uncharted territory. What do you think?