NO PENNSYLVANIA RECOUNT: NO PAPER RECORDS TO COUNT, 80% OF VOTING MACHINES HAD NO PAPER TRAIL…JUST TAKE YOUR MEDS PLS!
- More than 80 percent of voters cast their ballots on a voting machine with no receipts and no paper ballots, making a recount that much more of a mess.
- You would have no paper records to do a recount
A recount in Pennsylvania would be, as described here by an expert on voting machines, a “nightmare scenario.” The Keystone State’s voting machines are outdated by decades and don’t create any sort of paper trail that can be used in cases of recounts.
Remember when Florida recounted in 2000 and there were all those photos of poll workers diligently analyzing paper ballots by hand? That wouldn’t happen in Pennsylvania. More than 80 percent of voters cast their ballots on a voting machine with no receipts and no paper ballots, making a recount that much more of a mess.
The mere thought of a recount taking place in Pennsylvania is probably making a lot of people cringe right now. It’s a long, cumbersome process that could cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars. Pennsylvania is one of just a handful of states that has a fully computerized voting system without a paper trail.
“The nightmare scenario would be if Pennsylvania decides the election and it is very close. You would have no paper records to do a recount,” Lawrence Norden, the co-author of a report on told voting machines, told the Los Angeles Times.
Voter fraud is generally uncommon, and voting irregularities that do occur are often the result of clerical errors that wouldn’t add up to amount to 70,000 votes.
Most swing states have voting systems that do have a paper trail. More than 80 percent of voters nationwide used a voting machine with a paper trail on Nov. 8. But not in Pennsylvania! It’s one of 15 states with no mandatory paper trail. When concerns about election fraud were (somewhat ironically, now) raised by Trump ahead of the election, some analysts said Pennsylvania would be smart to implement a backup system of paper ballots should a recount be granted. That didn’t happen.
The Clinton campaign would have to present the equivalent of probable cause evidence showing something much more sinister.
It’s very, very unlikely to be overturned.