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Somebody tried to bury Michigan under FOIA requests. Mass produced form letters signed only by “Emily” with a nondescript Gmail contact account started landing like snowflakes in a blizzard at the state office.
Some said it seemed like an attempt to disrupt this year’s election. In fact, the requests almost seem like an ‘unconstitutional’ invasion of privacy, considering the scope.
After reports went viral that elections might be under attack, the responsible party came forward. It turns out a group affiliated with Hillary Clinton was behind it. They requested a hard copy of every single ballot. What could they possibly be planning? Are they going to contest the election? Get the names of voters for a massive campaign? Who knows.
Marc Elias, a partner at the D.C. office of the Perkins Coie law firm who acted as Hillary Clinton's top campaign lawyer, joined the board of Priorities USA last year to help spearhead voter-related efforts of its nonprofit arm, Priorities USA Foundation. Elias has led past efforts bankrolled by Soros that challenged voter ID laws.
After the election, a group of prominent computer scientists and election lawyers including J. Alex Halderman, (director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society) and John Bonifaz, (founder of the National Voting Rights Institute) began studying the election results and found statistical anomalies. For example, Clinton's votes were 7% lower than expected in counties that used electronic voting machines to tally votes, as opposed to using paper ballots and optical scan voting systems; in Wisconsin, there was a significant increase in the number of absentee ballots and Trump did far better than expected in counties that used only electronic voting; and there was a sizable increase in the number of ballots cast in Michigan that left the presidential field blank.
The 2016 presidential election was also unprecedented in that, as The Guardian reports:
"The election had taken place against a backdrop of warnings from the US government that Russian hackers were “scanning and probing” the election systems of American states, and were behind the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Eight days before the election, the White House had used an emergency hotline to warn Russia against further interference."