Can Hillary Clinton Challenge Donald Trump's Win? The Real Question Is, Will It Make Any Difference
Though it seemed all-but-impossible just a couple of weeks ago, Donald Trump won the presidential election and Hillary Clinton, as promised, accepted the result. But there may be cause for concern that could lead Clinton to challenge the win — especially with the talk of voter suppression and hacking that has plagued this election cycle. The question is, how far will that gripe go — can Hillary Clinton challenge the win?
In a way, it's a huge relief to see Clinton accept the results, especially after Trump, at one point, wouldn't confirm he'd accept the outcome — a move that would threaten the fabric of our democracy. While Clinton is the candidate who, through this entire process, has made it a priority to recognize the importance of a peaceful concession by the losing party, and highlighted how a smooth transition of power is fundamental to the health and effectiveness of the democratic process, she still could contest the results.
A presidential candidate can contest the results, but even for a national election, that happens on a state level. Usually it's about recounts in the event that the votes weren't counted correctly or counted at all. For example, just last week, the NAACP of North Carolina filed a lawsuit alleging voter suppression. According to the president of the North Carolina NAACP, Rev. Dr. William Barber II, at least three counties have returned, and thereby canceled, thousands of voter registrations. In a statement, Barber insisted:
But even if that claim is pursued, Clinton might not even have to go so far as to challenge the outcome since certain experts have already advocated for the potential impeachment of Trump. According to University of Utah law professor Christopher Lewis Peterson:
All that to say, Clinton could potentially have grounds to challenge the win — but it is highly unlikely she would.
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