According to WLNS-TV, a Michigan county just flipped from a win for Democrat Joe Biden to one for President Donald Trump after a software glitch was discovered and a manual recount was done.
“Officials with Antrim County posted updated results showing President Trump won the county with 9,783 votes making up 56.46% of ballots cast. Joe Biden earned 7,289 votes or 42.07%,” WLNS-TV reported.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the results in Antrim County were published on Wednesday morning, and they showed that Biden was winning by a little more than 3,000 votes, with 98% of precincts reporting.
Antrim County officials blamed the election software system, explaining that the system glitch was the number of totals counted not matching up with the tabulator tapes.
As WLNS-TV reported, the “Dominion Voting System” that the county uses is also used in 64 other counties across the state of Michigan.
A spokesperson for Michigan Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, disagreed and told WLNS-TV that “the skewed results were the result of a ‘county user error’ not a software issue and there is no reason to believe similar errors with ballot counts happened anywhere else.”
A former state lawmaker from Oakland County and current member of the state board of education, Tom McMillin told the Detroit Free Press that he noticed irregularities with the Antrim County vote tallies late on Tuesday. According to him, he was reviewing the returns for the board of education candidates when he noticed them.
“It just looked weird,” he said. “Two-thirds of the townships looked really messed up.” He also noticed that Biden and other Democrats had far more votes than normal.
Meanwhile, in Oakland County near Detroit, a computer error caused incumbent Republican County Commissioner Adam Kochenderfer to think that he had lost his re-election bid, reported WXYZ-TV.
“I received a call from the Oakland County Elections Division telling me that there had been a technical glitch in several precincts,” Kochenderfer said in a Thursday Facebook post. “Instead of losing by 104 votes, I won by 1,127.”
“While I’m grateful for the outcome, we should conduct a thorough review of our system to prevent this from happening again,” he added.
“I’d like to thank the officials who caught the error and corrected the vote tabulation. And of course, thank you to the voters of our area for their support and confidence in me.”
On Tuesday night, Trump was ahead in Michigan. But by Wednesday morning, Joe Biden had taken the lead. The unofficial results placed Biden ahead of President Trump by approximately 146,000 votes.
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