Election Results Change In Michigan Representative Race After Mistake Found

The media has declared former vice president and current President-elect Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

But the campaign team of President Donald Trump has vowed to fight on and they just got a good reason to keep fighting, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Democrat Melanie Hartman was declared the winner of the election for representative for Oakland County’s 15th County Commission District.

But a day later, after fixing a glitch, the Republican incumbent, Adam Kochenderfer, was found to be the correct winner of the election.

“I thought that was that,” Kochenderfer said to The Free Press. “Those were the results, and I said I would not seek a recount.”

“Apparently, there was a technical glitch in Rochester Hills. And so I actually ended up winning by a little over 1,100 votes,” the Republican said.

“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,” Kochenderfer said.

“People are acting like fixing our elections is a partisan thing when it shouldn’t be partisan,” he said. “we do have a very, very good clerk in Rochester Hills.”

Kochenderferm like so many Republicans, was willing to surrender and not prepared to fight. If the glitch was not caught by election authorities, he would never have known that he had won.

That clerk is Tina Barton, a Republican who lost in her race for Oakland County clerk while handling the local election in Rochester Hills. Barton could not be reached for comment Thursday night. But Oakland County Director of Elections Joe Rozell said the error stemmed from a computer issue at the Rochester Hills city clerk’s office.

“A computer issue in Rochester Hills caused them to send us results for seven precincts as both precinct votes and absentee votes. They should only have been sent to us as absentee votes,” the election director said.

“We noticed the local clerk’s mistake (on Thursday) and corrected it. The county canvass process works, and the correct results are now on our website,” he said.

This was a small race in a small district in Michigan and there was a glitch, not a nefarious attempt to steal an election.

It was a Republican who made the error in favor of a Democrat and the election officials caught it and fixed, as should be the case no mater what Party one belongs to.

But when one looks at a case like this, the Republican was willing to accept his defeat and not even ask for a recount.

Had he done that the loser of the election would have been declared the winner and the votes of the citizens would have been invalidated.

It is a case that gives, at the minimum, a good reason for President Donald Trump to continue to ask the courts to step in and discover if anything was glitched or mistaken in the election for president.

There is a legal right to challenge the results of the election and he should be allowed to exercise that right.