Supporters of President Trump are pointing to a glitch in the vote-counting software in a small Michigan county as evidence that votes for the president are being suppressed.
In Antrim County, due to a supposed glitch in the vote-counting software, thousands of votes were switched from Trump to Biden, and from Republican Senate candidate John James to Democrat Senator Gary Peters.
Biden is ahead in Michigan by 146,123 votes with 98 percent of ballots counted. As a result of this, he has been declared the winner by multiple news organizations.
At a Friday press conference, Michigan GOP Chairwoman Laura Cox said that “in Antrim County, ballots were counted for Democrats that were meant for Republicans, causing a 6,000 vote swing against our candidates.
The county clerk came forward and said, ‘tabulating software glitched and caused a miscalculation of the votes.’”
Cox continued, saying that “since then, we have now discovered that 47 counties used this same software in the same capacity,” which equals out to more than half of Michigan’s 83 counties.
She urged those counties to “closely examine their results for similar discrepancies.” Members of the Trump campaign shared her remarks on Twitter.
The Detroit Free Press has reported that the equipment used to count votes in Antrim County is from Dominion Voting Systems. Results are stored on computer cards at the precincts, then uploaded to another computer by county election officials.
Antrim County Clerk Sheryl Guy, a Republican, has said that it’s unclear if human error or a glitch caused the votes to switch, which was discovered because Democrat wins were incongruent with the county’s conservative leanings. A manual review confirmed the error.
University of Michigan computer science professor J. Alex Halderman, an expert on voting machines, said that “it’s plausibly human error, but if a simple screw-up could cause these problems, that sounds like a technical design flaw.”
“It’s natural to wonder whether similar problems could have occurred in other jurisdictions that use the same machine. Fortunately, even if the county hadn’t noticed, this would have been caught and corrected during Michigan’s normal canvassing procedures, when they compare the results to the paper tapes from the machines,” he added.
In 2016, Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Michigan by only 10,704 votes.