The presidential election of 2016 was the most contentious and bizarre in American history. On top of the vile rhetoric that was spewed by now President-elect Donald Trump, it now appears that certain voting tallies in Wisconsin were hedged in Trump’s favor.
According to OD A county in Wisconsin named Outagamie County had four precincts in the areas of Cicero, Grand Chute, Bear Creek, and Hortonville which all showed that fewer people overall than had voted in the presidential election. This instance, naturally, caused the Internet to fly in a fury claiming, rightly, that voter fraud was taking place. The precincts quickly adjusted their voting totals, which removed over a thousand votes from Donald Trump’s side. What a coincidence, the party which has spent years decrying voter fraud were once again benefiting from voter fraud. Dan Solomon of Fast Company was the first to point this out:
— dan solo (@dansolomon) November 22, 2016
The village clerk of Hortonville, Lynn Mischkerm offered an explanation to the discrepancy, which didn’t make much sense at the time and under further analysis was proved to be a falsehood. She said:
In order to give election returns to the Outagamie County Clerk’s office as quickly as possible the Chief Inspector added together the votes from the election machine tapes. An error was made while keying the numbers on the calculator during this process resulting in an incorrect number of votes reported on Election night. The official process of tallying the votes was completed and rechecked. These vote numbers were recorded and delivered to the Outagamie County Clerk’s office the morning of November 9th. The official tally reflects the accurate votes in the Village.
To accept this story from Mischkerm one would have to believe that the same error was made in three different counties, and that same error resulted in Donald Trump receiving more votes in each instance. Another conundrum is Hillary Clinton’s vote total did not change before the original numbers were announced, or after they were adjusted due to the Internet’s outrage.
The point to take away from this entire voting debacle in these little Wisconsin towns is the voter fraud was uncovered because they lazily attempted to give Trump an edge and did not anticipate their villainy being discovered. In other areas of the nation it is entirely possible that similar scenarios transpired, and the individuals involved were smoother in covering their tracks. Therefore it is vitally important for voting recounts to happen across the nation to sort out any other discrepancies which took place. The recounts may well prove that not only did Hillary Clinton win the popular vote, but that she also won the electoral college. The American people are owed, and deserve, fairness in their elections for the sake of the sanctity of the American republic.