Could Russia have actually hacked the US presidential election for Trump?

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump called on his supporters to monitor polls for fear of what he deemed a "rigged" election.

Since Trump's upset victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the president-elect has dropped all mentions of poll tampering or election fixing occurring.

However, some still speculate that Russia's prominent influence in the 2016 election with leaks and hacks may have extended all the way to the voting booth.

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BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 10: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) attend a family photo ceremony during the APEC Leaders meeting November 10, 2014 in Beijing, China. The APEC Summit hosted 1500 economic leaders in Beijing to deliberate key issues facing the Asia-Pacific economy. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
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ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 18: Leaders (L-R) Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama stand for the 'family' group photograph at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 18, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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While there is no concrete evidence of Russian hackers physically accessing voting machines, it remains an alarming theory that could explain why pollsters were so off on 2016 election projections.

The argument was laid out in a post on Medium this week, which provides some evidence that may raise eyebrows of Clinton supporters.

Why were our internal and public polls so unprecedentedly off the mark? Think-pieces have struggled to answer with ideas like "voting patterns have changed" (don't they always?) or Conway's "shadow supporters" purposefully misleading pollsters. But maybe the explanation is both crazier and much simpler. Maybe Russia, continuing their well established patterns of tipping elections and quietly toppling governments (see: Ukraine, entire Cold War), in line with their clear preference for Trump, took advantage of electronic voting and simply hacked a few key vulnerable counties in Wisconsin, PA, and FL to take out a historically anti-Russian Clinton in favor of Trump. The narrative writes itself but is meaningless without a smoking gun. A series of twitter-connected local journalists may have found one, and basic statistical testing can easily disprove or verify it.

The machines most susceptible to hacking are the direct-recording electronic voting machines -- electronic touch-screen machines with no verifiable paper trail. In an effort to show how thinly protected they are, one device at Princeton was recently turned into a Pac-Man video game without breaking any "Tamper Evident" seals.

Additionally, as the Medium post notes, "In paper ballot counties Obama won in 2012, the ballot county losses are 1–2 percent. However in counties Obama won in 2012 that are purely digital, she lost by 10–15 percent."

Still, the theory that Russia hacked the election is flimsy at best because of one crucial missing piece: voting machines aren't internet-connected devices.

All Russian attacks during the 2016 election cycle came from abroad, therefore requiring an internet connection to complete the hack.

If the mass hacking were to have proved successful, Russian sleeper agents would have been needed in election offices, polling places and at voting machine company offices.

Whether the theory of a Russian election hack stands up to scrutiny or not, Russian president Vladimir Putin now has a U.S. counterpart in President-elect Trump, who has noted he hopes to pursue more amenable policies with the former USSR.

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U.S. President George W. Bush tips his cap at the cameras while fishing with his father, former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the waters off Kennebunkport, Maine July 2, 2007. Presidents Putin and Bush are meeting at the Bush family's home in Kennebunkport. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES)
KENNEBUNKPORT, ME - JULY 2: In this handout photo provided by the White House, former President George H.W. Bush (L) and President George W. Bush (R) watch as Russia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd R) holds up his catch, with the help of fishing guide Billy Bush on July 2, 2007, during a morning outing at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Maine. (Photo by Eric Draper/White House via Getty Images)
KENNEBUNKPORT, UNITED STATES: US President George W. Bush (R) applauds as Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) catches a striped bass 02 July 2007 while fishing in the Atlantic Ocean off of the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Having last month offered to host a controversial US missile defense system on a Russian base in Azerbaijan, Putin grabbed the headlines with a proposal to extend the US scheme to other parts of Europe, with NATO participation. While welcoming the idea as 'very constructive and bold,' Bush checked Putin by insisting that the Czech Republic and Poland must remain 'integral' to the system. AFP PHOTO/ RIA NOVOSTI/ KREMLIN POOL/ MIKHAIL KLEMENTYEV (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLEMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)
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