Glitch Found in Voting Software, Recount Changes Outcome in Michigan County
A recount of the ballots received in a county of Michigan has switched the previously declared “blue county” to a “red county” after a glitch was discovered in the software used for tallying votes.
The glitch was noticed by an Election Clerk in Antrim County who noticed that votes meant for the Republican candidate Donald Trump were incorrectly counted as votes for his opponent, Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Early in the morning on Nov. 4, Antrim County posted a brief update on their Facebook page after it was discovered that the total count of votes from the election software did not match the total count of votes from the printed tapes used for the official vote.
When the discrepancy was investigated, Antrim county election workers had to recount the ballots by hand to ensure accurate reporting and correction.
Antrim County Clerk, Sheryl Guy, made a statement assuring the public of the recount saying: “Our goal is to have every voter counted and we feel that the tabulator totals and the tapes reflect that although our reports didn’t.”
The initially reported numbers unofficially declared Biden as the winner for the county by over 6,000 votes, however, the recount flipped the county and gave Trump the lead by around 2,500 votes.
According to a statement from the Michigan Department of State on Nov. 6, the Antrim County error was not a result of a software glitch as claimed by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Michigan’s chairwoman Laura Cox.
Instead, it was a “result of accidental error on the part of the Antrim County Clerk.”
“The equipment and software did not malfunction and all ballots were properly tabulated. However, the clerk accidentally did not update the software used to collect voting machine data and report unofficial results,” Michigan Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson said.
“The equipment and software did not malfunction and all ballots were properly tabulated. However, the clerk accidentally did not update the software.
The glitch did not just affect the presidential race, as a result, the Oakland County Commissioner of District 15 was also affected. Previously reported as the loser, Adam Kochenderfer, was later announced to be the actual winner.
Michigan GOP, Laura Cox, held a press conference addressing the software glitch and informed the nation that 47 other counties in the state of Michigan are using the same voting software.
Cox also stated the counties use the same software as Antrim will need to be closely examined for “their results for similar discrepancies.” The election-software, Dominion Voting Systems, which has now been called into question in Michigan is currently used in 29 other states as well as Puerto Rico.
“The people of Michigan deserve a transparent and open process. Voters deserve to know that all legal votes are being counted,” Cox said.
The election-software, Dominion Voting Systems, which has now been called into question in Michigan is currently used in 29 other states as well as Puerto Rico.
Currently, Biden is still the projected winner of Michigan with 50.6% of the vote according to Detroit Free Press.