After election night, Republican Adam Kochenderfer had lost his race against Democrat Melanie Hartman for a seat on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. Kochenderfer lost by only 104 votes until a funny thing happened. A voting glitch was discovered.
The county clerk realized that some absentee ballots had been reported twice and once the problem was corrected, Kochenderfer was declared the actual winner by 1,127 votes. Completely shocked upon learning of the reversal, Kochenderfer said “I thought that was that . . . Those were the results, and I said I would not seek a recount.”
The county clerk further claimed that this reversal proved the electoral process of checks and balances works. On November 5th, Rochester Hills Clerk Tina Barton clarified the issue: “There was a technical glitch when a file was saved and sent to the county. We discovered this around 1:30 am on Wednesday morning. We notified the county immediately and asked that the website be corrected. All votes were counted fairly and accurately and are reflected in the current vote total.”
This is not the first glitch found in the Michigan election results. As reported by PT News, “The voter software company linked to the ‘glitch,’ which caused roughly 6,000 Trump votes to be credited to Biden in a Michigan county also services as many as 64 other counties in Michigan. In addition to these counties, the software company also holds the voter software contracts in many….well all of the contested 2020 Presidential election jurisdictions.” To be clear, when voting “glitches” happen and citizens doubt the integrity of the election, it’s not a conspiracy theory; it’s a grave concern, especially when the same software is being used in most of the battleground states.
While Kochenderfer was stunned with the reversal, he expressed concern: “I’m very grateful to the officials who caught the error, but we need to ensure that we catch these issues, or prevent them entirely . . . People are acting like fixing our elections is a partisan thing when it shouldn’t be.” It is suspected that the voting error was found because the original results didn’t make sense as the district for this race has long been a Republican stronghold.