Jill Stein, 2016 Green Party candidate for U.S. president, holds a rally and protest against stopping the recount of election ballots at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan Dec. 10, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Jill Stein's bid to recount votes in Pennsylvania was in trouble even before a federal judge shot it down on Dec. 12 because the Green Party candidate's effort stood little chance of detecting potential fraud or error in the vote – there was basically nothing to recount.These paperless digital voting machines, used by roughly one in five U.S. voters last month, present one of the most glaring dangers to the security of the rickety, underfunded U.S. election system.The paperless digital machines open the door to potential election rigging that might not ever be detected.Stein described her recount effort as a way to ensure that the 2016 election wasn't tainted by hacking or fraud.A cadre of computer scientists from major universities backed Stein's recounts to underscore the vulnerability of U.S. elections.Election networks in at least 20 states were probed for vulnerabilities.Most voting machines in the U.S. are at or near the end of their expected life spans.While many experts agree the U.S. voting system needs an upgrade, no one wants to pay to fix it.
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