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Activists urged former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to challenge the results of the 2016 election after they said they found irregularities in the results of three states.

“The group of election lawyers and computer scientists says Clinton, the Democratic nominee, should call for a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania,” said a report in the Hill two weeks after Election Day 2016. “They claim election results in those states could have been manipulated or hacked.”

The group of lawyers and computer scientists, which was led by voting-rights attorney John Bonifaz and Director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Computer Security and Society J. Alex Halderman, said that Clinton received 7% fewer votes in Wisconsin counties that used electronic voting machines instead of optical scanners or paper ballots.

The group claimed that Clinton could have missed out on as many as 30,000 votes, which could have tipped the election in her favor after President Trump won the state by 27,000 votes. They called on Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta and campaign general counsel Marc Elias to discuss their findings with them.

The activists said the irregularities should be looked into, although they admitted that the numbers themselves were not proof of hacking.

A similar storyline is playing out after the 2020 Election, with Trump’s legal team claiming that a software company responsible for tallying votes could be responsible for irregularities that tipped the election in favor of President-elect Joe Biden.

Trump lawyers Sidney Powell has claimed that Dominion Voting Systems’ software, used widely across battleground states in the 2020 election, was designed to “rig elections.”

“The math just doesn’t add up for anything, and we know Dominion has a long history of rigging elections because that’s what it was created to do to begin with,” Powell said.

“The Dominion Voting Systems, the Smartmatic technology software … were created in Venezuela at the direction of Hugo Chavez to make sure he never lost an election after one constitutional referendum came out the way he did not want it to come out,” Powell said in a press conference Thursday. “We have one very strong witness who has explained how it all works. His affidavit is attached to the pleadings of Lin Wood and the lawsuit he filed in Georgia. … As soon as he saw multiple states shut down the voting on the night of the election, he knew the same thing was happening here.”

Much like before the 2016 election, experts have said that changing an election outcome with widespread fraud is nearly impossible in the United States, with counting done by both Republicans and Democrats across the country in a decentralized system, acting as a barrier to fraud.

Trump has yet to concede the 2020 election to Biden, opting to let the legal process play out.

Author: Michael Lee

Source: Washington Examiner: Flashback: Activists urged Clinton campaign to contest 2016 election after discovering irregularities in results

Republicans won all 27 House races the Cook Political Report rated as “toss-ups” in its 2020 election analysis, in addition to picking up seven of the 36 seats the outlet rated as “likely Democrat” or “lean Democrat.”

“The House count stands at 221D-209R, and here are my information ratings of the five outstanding races following today’s developments,” Cook Political Report editor Dave Wasserman said on Twitter. “#CA21 – Likely R, #CA25 – Lean R, #IA02 – Lean R (recount), #NJ07 – Likely D, #NY22 – Toss Up.”

Before the election, the Cook Political Report listed 229 seats as either “solid Democrat,” “likely Democrat,” or “lean Democrat” to go along with the 26 toss-ups. As of Thursday, the party’s best hope is for 226 seats, though the Cook Political Report rates 223 as the most likely outcome.

The results represent a major disappointment for Democrats, who grew increasingly confident of a “blue wave” leading up to Election Day that would give them an expanded House majority.

“This year, I’m trying to win it two years in advance — by being so substantial in this election that as soon as we start into the next year, people will see our strength,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said one week before Election Day.

“We intend to hold the House and grow our numbers,” she continued.

Instead, Republicans look likely to pick up about 15 seats in the House, which would give Democrats a slim majority when the new Congress convenes in January.

Disappointment for Democrats wasn’t limited to races in the House. The party also had high hopes of flipping the Senate away from Republican control. Of the seven Senate races the Cook Political Report rated as “toss-ups,” Republicans won five, as well as all four races listed as “lean Republican.” The other two “toss-up” races still outstanding are both in Georgia, where runoff elections are being held in January.

Republicans currently hold a 50 to 48 Senate lead in the called races, needing one of the runoff races to maintain their majority.

News was even worse for Democrats further down the ballot where the “blue wave” was supposed to help loosen control of the Republican grip on state legislative chambers ahead of next year’s redistricting process. Yet, according to FiveThirtyEight statistician Nate Silver, Republicans won “almost every election where redistricting was at stake.”

When the dust settled, Democrats did not flip a single state legislative chamber, while Republicans surprisingly flipped both the Senate and the House in New Hampshire.

“Republicans are set to control the redistricting of 188 congressional seats — or 43 percent of the entire House of Representatives. By contrast, Democrats will control the redistricting of, at most, 73 seats, or 17 percent,” Silver wrote.

Author: Michael Lee

Source: Washington Examiner: Republicans won all 27 House races listed as ‘toss-ups’ — and then some

Trump attorney Sidney Powell said a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team, Peter Neffenger, is also a member of the board of directors for a company that committed election fraud that could cause the results of the 2020 election to be overturned.

“He is president and on the board of directors of Smartmatic, and it just so happens he’s on Mr. Biden’s presidential transition team that’s going to be nonexistent, because we’re fixing to overturn the results of the election in multiple states,” said Powell during an appearance on Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo. “President Trump won not just hundreds of thousands of votes but by millions of votes that were shifted by this software that was designed expressly for that purpose.”

Powell said Neffenger had knowledge that the software provided by Smartmatic was designed to rig elections.

“We have sworn witness testimony of why the software was designed, it was designed to rig elections,” Powell said. “He was fully briefed on it, he saw it happen in other countries, it was exported internationally for profit by the people that are behind Smartmatic and Dominion.”

“They did this on purpose, it was calculated, they’ve done it before,” Powell continued. “We have evidence from 2016 in California. We have so much evidence I feel like it’s coming in through a firehose.”

Neffenger, a retired U.S. Coast Guard admiral, joined Biden’s Agency Review team last week under the Department of Homeland Security team. Review teams help incoming presidents and vice presidents understand agency operations to ensure a smooth transition of power. He is listed on Smartmatic’s website as the chairman of the board of directors.

The comments come a day after Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani mentioned the company’s election involvement in a tweet.

“Did you know a foreign company, DOMINION, was counting our vote in Michigan, Arizona, and Georgia and other states,” Giuliani said on Twitter. “But it was a front for SMARTMATIC, who was really doing the computing.”

“Look up SMARTMATIC and tweet me what you think,” Giuliani continued. “It will all come out.”

The New York Times reported Saturday that Smartmatic’s vote-counting software was “manipulated to report a skewed tally” in Venezuela’s election, but the company said the result was an anomaly caused by a lack of election monitors.

Dominion has also denied claims its software was manipulated, citing a statement by the Department of Homeland Security that said there was “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.” Instead, a group of officials working with the department said the election was “the most secure in American history.”

Author: Michael Lee

Source: Washington Examiner: Trump attorney Sidney Powell says they are ‘fixing to overturn the results of the election in several states’

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