Election Hacking: Obama Won’t Influence Electors’ Voting

President Barack Obama. Photo courtesy: White House
President Barack Obama. Photo courtesy: White House

The U.S. election process will officially conclude today (December 19) when the 538 Electoral College electors have cast their ballots.

By Rakesh Raman

President Barack Obama says that there was a significant impact of the hacking by Russian agents on the November 8 presidential election, but there is no indication of voting fraud.

Obama, who was addressing journalists Friday in his final press conference of 2016, said that even President-elect Donald Trump knew about Russian interference, as he had publicly expressed his apprehensions about election rigging during his campaign speeches.

He further said that the DNC (Democratic National Committee) servers were hacked and the leaked information adversely affected Hillary Clinton in the election. However, Obama said that he will fully cooperate with Trump to ensure smooth transition of administration.

When asked if Obama administration will fully inform electors about the extent of hacking and its impact on election before they vote Monday, Obama said he won’t get involved in that issue.

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“With respect to the electors, I’m not going to wade into that issue because, again, it’s the American people’s job, and now the electors’ job to decide my successor,” Obama stated.

Trump maintains that American voters have elected him and supporters of those who lost the election are now threatening others.

The U.S. election process will officially conclude today (December 19) when the 538 Electoral College electors have cast their ballots.

At this stage, 306 electors are expected to vote Trump. However, if 37 of them decide to vote against him, Trump may not be the President because a minimum of 270 electoral votes are required to become the President.

If Trump remains the final choice of electors, the Inauguration Day ceremony will take place on January 20, 2017 when Trump is scheduled to begin his four-year term as President.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government award-winning journalist and runs free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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