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For the first time in my life I regret not being a lawyer. I don’t know who you sue to force an audit. Apparently, you can call the Dept. of Justice [1]: 202-353-1555. Do it. Do it. Do it now. We must have an audit [2] to see whether we need a full recount.

Update 2016-11-22: The DOJ number is reported to be busy by just about everyone, and the commenter below. I guess that’s good in a way, but it’s very frustrating. I’ve also found an email address: voting.section@usdoj.gov People are always saying calling is more effective, but I’m sure email is still better than a busy signal.

Because you know what? We have the same situation as happened only twice before: Bush-Gore in 2000 and Bush-Kerry in 2004. Look how many lives and trillions that cost us. And the junior Shrub was an elder statesman compared to the multiply bankrupt sexual assaulter who’s in line to be Head Bully now.

There is the same big, statistically unbelievable mismatch between exit polls and voting results in a few counties in a few swing states. Just enough to alter the election results.

If that kind of thing happens in, say, Kenya, the US makes stern noises about recounts.

(As it happens, Africans have kindly provided their expertise [3], best summarized perhaps, if you know anything about the two men involved, in this tweet [4]: “The African Union has dispatched Olusegun Obasanjo & Thabo Mbeki to the US in effort to resolve the post-election crisis.”)

Rivest and Stark, professors at MIT and UCBerkeley respectively, have even made it easy for us by showing that a very small recount is enough to audit the results [2] and tell us whether a full recount is needed.

Auditing surprisingly few ballots could give 95% confidence that the results are correct in every state: about 1.5 million ballots in all, a bit over 1% of the ballots cast.

We can do this.

Unless of course democracy in the US of A is not worth the tiny amount of money involved in handcounting 1,500,000 ballots.

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#1 Comment By anon On 22 Nov, 2016 @ 21:08

Very important post. I tried the number listed in your post and it was continuously busy, even after hours.

The main switchboard number, 202-514-2000, will allow a message to be left. I haven’t tried it yet during the day, but could leave a message when I called after hours.

#2 Comment By quixote On 23 Nov, 2016 @ 09:33

Turns out there is an email address: [5]

They say calling is better, but email is better than nothing!

#3 Comment By anon On 23 Nov, 2016 @ 13:10

Thank you for the update. I just sent an email to the voting.section address, also sent comment via online form last night, and left a message at the 202-514-2000, option 4, number as well.

I don’t know that any of this will do any good, but just can’t let this outrage happen without doing what I can to stop it.