The Washington Examiner reported Sunday that the Michigan Republican Party is investigating vote counts in a number of counties that used Dominion Voting Services after a glitch in Antrim County mistakenly assigned thousands of votes for President Donald Trump to his Democrat opponent, Joe Biden.
A failure to update the Dominion voting machine software reportedly caused 6,000 votes in Antrim to be tabulated for Biden instead of Trump. When the discrepancy was corrected, Trump won the county instead of Biden.
Out of Michigan’s 83 counties, 47 used Dominion systems, the Examiner reported.
Republicans want answers
As of Monday, Biden leads Trump in Michigan by about 146,000 votes, according to Politico. If similar glitches occurred in just 13 other counties of similar size and vote totals, it would be enough to flip the state from Biden to Trump.
It’s a possibility Republicans want to rule out before throwing in the towel in Michigan.
“Our team is currently reaching out to county clerks across Michigan as well as going through election results in each of the counties which use this software to see how widespread this error may be,” Michigan Republican Party communications director Tony Zammit told the Washington Examiner on Saturday.
Trust in elections
Other members of the GOP, including Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, want to extend the investigation beyond Michigan. Arizona, where Trump currently trails Biden by less than 20,000 votes and counting still continues, also used the Dominion system, along with other contested states like Nevada.
According to the Examiner, Gosar said in a recent interview that a probe into the software would be an easy way to prove whether the election was legitimate.
“If there is a glitch that’s built into the software system, it’ll be shown and it’s easy to define that,” Gosar told The Epoch Times. “I think this is a great exercise to get back the trust of the American people.”
Counterclaims of user error
Michigan’s Office of the Secretary of State, for its part, has blamed the Antrim County glitch on user error and denied that similar glitches could occur in other counties without being detected by county canvass efforts.
“The erroneous reporting of unofficial results from Antrim County was a result of accidental error on the part of the Antrim County Clerk,” the secretary’s office said in a statement, according to the Washington Examiner. They went on:
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.
Similar assurances were made in Nevada, where Biden currently leads Trump by 35,000 votes, according to The Washington Post. Another close state, Georgia, which also used Dominion voting machines, has only a 10,000 difference between Trump and Biden. A recount will be done there.