“According to the exit polls conducted by Edison Research, Clinton won four key battleground states (NC, PA, WI, and FL) in the 2016 presidential election that she went on to lose in the computerized vote counts. With these states Clinton wins the Electoral College with a count of 302 versus 205 for Trump. Clinton also won the national exit poll by 3.2% and holds a narrow lead in the national vote count still in progress.
“Exit polls were conducted in 28 states. In 23 states the discrepancies between the exit polls and the vote count favored Trump. In 13 of these states the discrepancies favoring Trump exceeded the margin of error of the state.”
To brush up what an Exit Poll is: Pollsters stand outside the polling stations with a clipboard and ask people who they voted for. Exit Polling is also under-represented because many people have been brow-beat throughout their lives that sharing who they voted for is somehow wrong. So those who answer the Exit Pollster are among the few who don’t have a problem sharing their vote. Also consider the voter who is with a family member or significant other who intimidates them into telling the Pollster what the S.O. or family member wants to hear. So Exit Polling is, by its nature, not at all accurate. BUT. When it swings wildly when compared to the electronic vote, then there is something wrong with the machines. North Carolina’s voting system was hacked, too, because the owners of the machines had their company in Florida hacked by the Russians. Clinton should have won, according to Exit Polls.
In my not so humble opinion, as it never is, Hillary Clinton won, and by a larger margin than is currently presented. Voter Suppression and Voter Disenfranchisement by Republican-controlled areas (they can’t win unless they cheat) makes it clear that those small margins which showed Clinton and Trump nearly tied but with Trump in the lead are in areas whose Republican-registered town clerks cancelled many *Democratic* registrations for no good reason. Almost all purges, in every Voter ID state and in every state who shut down polling stations and eliminated early voting, were against self-identified Democratic voters.
In Wisconsin, where Trump was ahead by 27,000 votes, attorneys trying to challenge that state’s new law said upwards of 300,000 residents lacked the required IDs. That early attack was bookended at the election’s close by Republican election officials, from Ohio’s secretary of state to North Carolina county election boards, who gamed the field for brazen partisan advantage. They curtailed early voting, moved precincts, inaccurately purged voter rolls, and made perplexing decisions-as in Ohio-not to activate voting machine audit software, which means the results cannot be verified.
Look at the numbers. It’s a pattern in every single state and especially high in Red states. Voters had the correct documentation for getting voter-suppression Voter IDs but the town clerks were instructed to purge those who claimed they were Democrats or Independents. I don’t have proof. I don’t need proof. The facts speak for themselves. To arrive at another result is either through deliberate obtuseness and bald-face lying.
Purging registrations weren’t the only reason Hillary Clinton “lost”. She also lost in the Electoral College, which is not only outdated but was always an anti-democratic body that caters to the few, not the many. It is corruption at its highest and it needs to be eliminated by 2020. If it takes a revolution to make it so, so be it.
While fixing the voting system, Election Day needs to be made a permanent holiday that cannot be changed by future administrations and Congresses. Unfortunately, all the fixes needed to make our voting system legitimate can’t–won’t–be done by a Republican president and Congress.
Audit software also needs to be mandatory. Those who refused to use it do so because they refuse to have their Republican candidate lose. They have proven themselves to be corrupt. It isn’t just the Republicans, either. In audit software as in voter suppression tactics, the leaders of the Democratic National Committee pulled the same shit during the 2016 primaries that disenfranchised Bernie Sanders voters in preference to Hillary Clinton. Exit Polling was extremely unbalanced compared to the electronic votes cast.
So it isn’t just the Republicans, though their corruption is more wide-spread and doesn’t seem to differentiate between poor white voters and rich white voters. They’re interested, at the moment, in only tanking the Democratic vote. The DNC is interested in tanking anti-corporation non-corruptible Presidential candidates. The DNC needs Progressive leaders who can’t be bought who will get control of the system so they can put an end to donor and lobbyist money. Bribery needs to go back to being illegal. The GOP needs to do the same, but they first need to join the 21st century as well as stop being a bunch of cheating, whiny bitches who bury their heads in the sand the moment someone says “climate change”. For fuck’s sake, grow the hell up.