Three Wisconsin precincts revise vote totals after caught padding Donald Trump’s numbers

Even as Wisconsin officials say they’re preparing for a statewide recount of the 2016 vote totals after third party candidate Jill Stein raised enough funds to cover the cost of it, the nation is left to wonder whether it might result in Hillary Clinton being named the winner of the state. But before the recount has even begun, evidence of either gross negligence or foul play has been exposed in three Wisconsin precincts – which had resulted in quite a number of phantom votes given to Donald Trump – and the vote totals have been revised accordingly.

The story goes like this: after Wisconsin posted its voting totals, various internet users who looked at the numbers noticed the same discrepancy. Three precincts in Outagamie County were each claiming that more people had voted in the presidential race than had voted at all. That’s not possible, of course. So after it became a minor online controversy, those precincts each revised their totals. The result: more than a thousand imaginary votes for Donald Trump came off the board from those three precincts alone, as first noted by Dan Solomon of Fast Company.

Here’s the explanation which local officials offered to an ABC News affiliate to explain the discrepancy: “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.”

But for this to be believed, one would have to accept that the same honest error was made in three precincts – and that in all of them, Donald Trump was a huge beneficiary of that math error. Moreover, Hillary Clinton’s vote totals didn’t change at all in these three precincts. It was simply a matter of three precincts padding Donald Trump’s totals with imaginary votes that they now acknowledge never really existed. How many more Wisconsin precincts may have used the same method to boost Trump, with tallies that weren’t so immediately recognizable as being phony? The upcoming statewide recount should provide answers.

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  1. Deb s. on November 25, 2016 at 10:17 am

    So when does DOJ start WI investigation?

    • Florence Levy on November 27, 2016 at 9:24 am

      You cheated in Wisconsin election someone needs to be jailed in that state. When trump said the election was rigged I knew he was talking about he was doing the rigging

  2. Linda Dean on November 25, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Thank you for this report Bill! I’ve been wondering what’s going on in the background. Please keep these articles coming!!!

  3. edwin kariuki on November 25, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Trump should not cerebrate as yet

    • Homa Sapiens on November 26, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      He doesn’t cerebrate– he’s incapable of either cerebration or cogitation.

  4. David Crosby on November 25, 2016 at 11:42 am

    During the running to be president Trump said many different times that the election was fixed .
    He was right !

  5. Irmgard Alderman on November 25, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I am embarrassed by my home state! They are not only liars and cheats in governing they are full blown idiots, thinking they won’t get caught! Certainly not the state I grew up in anymore, for shame!

  6. Anne on November 25, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Having lived and election clerked in Outagamie County I’d really like to know which precincts these were.

  7. JANET on November 25, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    The November Bender!

  8. Michelle on November 25, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    The shit’s getting interesting .. Pass the popcorn.

  9. Karen McKim on November 25, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    This is exactly and precisely the *only* type of error the County Boards of Canvass do routinely detect and correct. We must not let this distract us from the bigger, unaddressed problem: That no one in Wisconsin ever checks the accuracy of the computer-calculated precinct totals before election results are certified final.

  10. JoDee McKenzie on November 25, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    like a bullying child determined to win …. spuing RIGGED for 18 months ….. yes it sure was . Donald J Trump ….. proved he was Not ABOVE CHEATING ! Your President …. You Be Proud !

  11. marececek on November 25, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Clearly a full- state recount is sarranted in Wisconsin. I want it done in Michigan and Penn as well. These resůts are highly suspect.

  12. Mary on November 25, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Paul Ryan’s home state. Hmmm. Interesting.

  13. Max on November 25, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    So, the Donald was right, the results were tampetef with—and is HIS favor!

  14. Wifather2000 on November 25, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    The republican party is amazing! Every election they are able to get a great many wage earning Americans to admit just how stupid and gullible they are!

  15. alice brown on November 25, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    How do we get rid of Trump when the recount shows he lost BOTH the electoral college and the popular vote?

    • The Great One on November 26, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      Just do it!

  16. Joey Davis on November 25, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Walker should have been indicted and tried for past election fraud, already.

  17. Linda A Noble on November 25, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Hoping for Hillary!

  18. Lillie S. Edwards on November 25, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Would be an answer to prayer!

  19. Steve on November 25, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Trump is going down!

  20. Scott on November 25, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Hmmm…maybe an early Christmas for Hillary?

  21. Bob Fish on November 26, 2016 at 2:48 am

    Since the new computerized voting machines transmit their election results through WiFi they are far more hackable as well … Plus, some have no paper trails … That’s why recounts and inspection by honest loyal American computer scientists is necessary.

  22. Mary on November 26, 2016 at 3:46 am

    Trump told us the election would be rigged. He knew. He can’t help himself… can’t keep anything a secret. Every criticism he made about other candidates was true of himself… crooked Hillary, Lyin’ Ted, pay for play, Clintons misusing funds from their charity, conflict of interest. It was all about HIM.

  23. Laney on November 26, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Thank you Bil for your investigative reporting. We need you now more than ever.

  24. Ruth Frisell on November 26, 2016 at 6:02 am

    These crooks should be held accountable.

  25. KAM on November 26, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Their explanations sound like blatant lies, or complete incompetence, or a case of insanity that took them unawares. In other words..what a load of B.S. They should come clean, ’cause they are in a sinking ship! The truth always comes out!!!

  26. Donamae on November 26, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    I’m embarrassed for Wisconsin my home state. For shame!

  27. Connie Weeks on November 26, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    I am so angry that this has happened in our state (WI). A recount should be done in every state. This happened too many times to be a simple accident. Those who did this should be prosecuted.

  28. Alexander on November 27, 2016 at 9:38 am

    The truth will prevail. This is America ! No one believes that the Americans have voted for this Trump!!!

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