Despite President Donald Trump's continued insistence, with no evidence, that voter fraud was behind Hillary Clinton's accumulation of 3 million more votes than him in the recent US presidential election, evidence has been found which points to an entirely different form of election-related fraud, electronic ballot box stuffing. This form of fraud took the spotlight in the 2016 Democratic primary, when election experts and statisticians alleged that there was strong evidence that the primary was stolen by Hillary Clinton from Bernie Sanders.
In Michigan, 37% of Detroit's precincts reported more votes than the number of actual voters who checked into the polling stations, a sign of "electronic ballot box stuffing." In this form of fraud, a vote-counting machine's software is accessed - hacked into - and instructed to add or subtract votes in a manner which benefits a certain candidate.
Krista Haroutunian, chairwoman of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, told the Detroit News:
“There’s always going to be small problems to some degree, but we didn’t expect the degree of problem we saw in Detroit. This isn’t normal,”
More votes than voters in a precinct is a classic sign of ballot box stuffing. In the modern era, rather than illicit paper ballots being placed in a box, digital manipulation of the totals is most likely.
Electronic ballot box stuffing takes place when optical scan vote counting machines are preprogrammed to add or subtract votes illegally. More than 70% of the country uses the kind of system in which paper ballots are marked directly by the voter, and then counted by an optical scanner machine.
Trump as been roundly criticized for pressing his allegations of voter fraud without evidence. In contrast to electronic ballot box stuffing, voter fraud requires voters who are not qualified to cast votes, or some voters to vote more than once. Trump has never addressed the issue of electronic ballot box stuffing.
In the hack, the machine software automatically adds or subtracts votes according to a specific formula. The hack was demonstrated by Dr. Harri Hursti, a Finnish computer expert, in the HBO documentary "Hacking Democracy."
The Hursti Hack
The finding of mismatching vote totals and voter check-in rolls in Detroit may help explain yet further evidence of ballot box stuffing, which was noticed by election activist and statistician Richard Charnin. Charnin found an unusual pattern in a statistical model called the cumulative vote tally (CVT). In essence, Charnin found that as precincts got bigger, Hillary Clinton's share of the vote increased. The electronic padding of the vote totals in her favor in the large precincts of Detroit would contribute to this statistical pattern.
A similar pattern can be seen in other states in the 2016 presidential election, as well as past congressional races and in the 2012 Republican primary between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. In the 2016 presidential election, the pattern can also be seen in Illinois and California, two important states in terms of electors. In Florida, defeated Democratic primary challenger Tim Canova, who challenged incumbent Debbie Wasserman-Schultz for her seat, said that he would favor a hand count of the ballots, after noted statisticians found the unusual pattern in the election data's CVT chart.
Optical scan vote-counting machines have been criticized for being prone to hacking, no matter what the model of machine. Verification of a machine's accuracy can be accomplished only by hand-counting the votes on the paper ballots inserted into the machine. So far, state courts have made it difficult for citizens to view and hand count the paper ballots, and state audit laws and the courts have established nearly impossibly high bars for obtaining official hand counts.
Most optical scan vote-counting machines include a feature which makes a digital image of each ballot as it slides into the machine, and stores it in the machine's memory. Election integrity activists have asked election boards across the country, in various cases, for access to the digital images, which can easily be stored on a DVD or thumb drive. To date, all election boards from whom the digital images have been requested have refused.
In Massachusetts recently, State Superior Court Judge Linda E. Giles dismissed a case, in which the author was a party, requesting a hand count of the paper ballots in certain Massachusetts precincts. All election officials named in the lawsuit fought requests for paper ballots to be viewed and counted.
Ultimately, honest election advocates around the world are of the consensus that the single most fraud-proof election system is that of paper ballots which are hand counted at the polling place, soon after the polls close, in public view and with observers able to view and challenge the call on a ballot. Such a system has been adopted in most western industrialized democracies, including Germany, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Finland, and 53 other countries.
Honest election advocates frequently point to the wry observation made by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, who once said: "Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything."
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Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on January 27, 2017:
Thank you for citing some sources for the information in this hub. You are an example to less-accurate hubbers.
Personally, I'm more concerned with the extensive efforts in recent years, state by state and by the supreme court, to limit citizens' abilities to register, find polling places located a reasonable distance from their homes, and be allowed to vote on election day. There is no mystery surrounding these efforts. They are on the books. How about we fix that first before we start chasing elusive conspiracy theories?