Donald Trump lost the nationwide count by nearly 3 million popular votes in the 2016 Presidential election. Nobody disputes that part of the puzzle…except for Trump. With no evidence, he has claimed that anywhere from 3 million to 5 million fraudulent ballots were cast by noncitizens and Democrats.
But we don’t elect Presidents by popular vote in our country. We use the antiquated Electoral College. By that state-by-state system, Trump defeated Hillary Clinton. Most notably he managed to barely flip the popular votes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, none of which had gone Republican in decades. But did Trump really flip them?
Had an average of just three votes been re – corded for Clinton instead of Trump in each precinct in those three states, she would have become our 45th President. With a contest that close, it seems we ought to be able to know for certain that Trump won, especially since the same type of computer systems that reported him as the winner will be used again in the upcoming midterm elections. The entire U.S. House of Representatives and about one-third of the Senate will be up for grabs.
Soon after the 2016 election, Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein tried to find out if Trump actually won when she filed for a hand “recount” in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Team Trump, however, went to court to block her efforts in all three. The closest Stein came to receiving a full statewide “recount” was in Wisconsin, where Trump reportedly nipped Clinton by just over 20,000 votes out of nearly 3 million cast.
A provision recently adopted by the Badger State’s Republican legislature allows local jurisdictions to decide if “recounts” are done by hand (publicly examining each paper ballot) or by machine (running them through the same computers that scanned them the first time.)