something happened during the last election. the polls said clinton big time. yet trump won. so what happened? two hypotheses: 1) the election was rigged 2) the polls were wrong. rigging the election across the nation would be hard. not impossible. but the scale of such an operation would be vast. and one assumes would leave a detectable trail. on the other hand, we've been doing polling for 100 years. wrong allegedly. okay, this is how science works. you put forward a hypothesis. then you test it. and by that i mean you set out to prove yourself wrong. which seems like a very strange thing to non-scientists. oddly you can't prove something correct. you can only prove it's wrong. anywho. this is why it's so important to do the recounts. regardless of the outcome... one of the hypotheses is going to be shown to be wrong. either way, science wins! with bonus practical results too. we can fix either of the problems. but we need to know which one.