Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Michigan GOP Chairwoman Laura Cox held a press conference Friday morning highlighting alleged vote-counting irregularities and one pretty big “glitch” that could prove to be much, much larger.
Cox said that a software glitch was apparently found in one Michigan county that caused 6,000 votes cast for Republican candidates to be inaccurately counted as votes for Democrats. The error was apparently discovered and corrected after the county hand-counted the ballots.
This is where things get really interesting: The software was reportedly being used in 47 other counties across the state.
“In Antrim County,” Cox said, “ballots were counted for Democrats that were meant for Republicans, causing a 6,000-vote swing against our candidates.”
“The county clerk (Sheryl Guy) came forward and said tabulating software glitched and caused a miscalculation of the votes. Since then, we have now discovered that 47 counties used this same software in the same capacity,” she continued.
“Antrim County had to hand-count all of the ballots, and all these counties that use this software need to closely examine their results for similar discrepancies. The people of Michigan deserve a transparent and open process. Voters deserve to know that all legal votes are being counted,” concluded Cox.
Doing some simple math, if all 47 counties that were using the software had the same 6,000-vote “glitch,” that alone would account for a 282,000-vote swing in the state and would put Donald Trump ahead by more than 400,000 votes in Michigan.