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Hillary Clinton's Popular Vote Exceeds 2 Million, Will US Pursue A Recount Amidst Donald Trump's Transition?

( [email protected] ) Nov 23, 2016 11:00 AM EST
At an alarmingly fast rate, Hillary Clinton’s popular vote lead is growing.
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton rides an elevator with aides as she arrives for a campaign concert with Katy Perry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

At an alarmingly fast rate, Hillary Clinton's popular vote lead is growing. Earlier this morning, it was reported that Clinton has already reached a 2 million point lead against President-elect Donald Trump's electoral vote of 62,206,395.

Last Sunday, Clinton's first million lead in the popular vote was announced and in just a short period of time, it had already grown to a 1.5 million lead.

According to USA Today, Clinton's lead continued to rise "due to an influx of absentee and provisional ballots still being counted in California."

The electoral vote does not include the official results yet since most states have not submitted their official tallies. Most of the absentee ballots are still being counted as of writing. These ballots include voters who lacked proper identification or those who were not on the registration lists.

Though President-elect Donald Trump has already made waves with his White House transition, even meeting with different public officials to talk about immigration plans, this change in the vote tally is getting quite alarming.

With this massive lead, data scientists are encouraging Clinton's camp to pursue the recounting of the ballots. Though this might be tedious, the recount could mean a massive change in the landscape of the U.S.'s 45th administration.

For states like Florida and Pennsylvania, they would need a vote difference of about 1 percent to conduct a recount. In Michigan, recounts will automatically be conducted if the vote difference comes less than 2,000 votes. So far, none of these criteria are met between Clinton and Trump's tallies on these states.

With only days before the four final states declare their official tally, Clinton's camp should act quick if they want to appeal for a recount.

These numbers are not simply a sign of hope. In fact, data scientists and other election lawyers are urging Hillary Clinton to push for a recount in the three swing states won by Donald Trump.

University of Michigan Director for Center for Computer Security and Society J. Alex Halderman noted they found "persuasive evidence" that points to a miscount in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. So far, the team is not releasing any formal records, but they are quite confident with their findings.

Clinton supporters are now forcing the DOJ to act. Though White House advisers reportedly asked Clinton to stand back and let Donald Trump's transition move smoothly, the democrat's supporters are persistent.

The only question is, will they be able to do it in time?