- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Wisconsin Elections Commission has found no evidence that any of its voting machines were hacked during the Nov. 8 election, a spokesman said Saturday.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on Friday filed a petition to have a state recount on the sole grounds that data experts believe there may have been a cyberattack. They have no evidence, but contend that Democrat Hillary Clinton performed better where paper ballots, rather than electronic ones were used.

The Washington Times asked commission spokesman Reid Magney if there has been any indication of hacking.

“No evidence of hacking,” Mr. Magney said in an email.

The commission previously issued a statement saying it will routinely audit the performance of a sample of machines, which must achieve a performance rate of no more than one mistake per 500,000 votes. Since performing the audit beginning in 2006, not one machine has failed, the commission said.

Ms. Stein is raising a huge sum, heading toward $7 million, to pay for recounts in three battleground states where Republican Donald Trump scored upsets and won the presidency –– Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Mr. Trump won Wisconsin by 27,257 votes, with all electronic and absentee paper ballots counted.

He won Michigan by 11,612 votes, with those results to be certified next week. He won Pennsylvania by 68,236 votes.

Mr. Trump on Saturday issued a statement saying Ms. Stein is committing a “scam” to raise campaign cash.

“This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing,” the president-elect said.

• Rowan Scarborough can be reached at rscarborough@washingtontimes.com.

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