Oakland County commissioner Adam Kochenderfer suffered a narrow defeat in his race on Tuesday. After all precincts reported, Kochenderfer lost to his opponent Melanie Hartman by 104 votes — 19,448 to 19,344. He even conceded the race to Hartman.
But there was a problem. The Detroit Free Press reports,
“According to Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown, the total from seven precincts in the city had been reported twice.
“The first set of results was labeled precinct ballots and the second set was labeled absentee ballots, Brown said in a statement. However, the two sets were, in actuality, the same set of absentee ballots.
“The final corrected tally: Kochenderfer with 16,893 votes and Hartman with 15,766. Kochenderfer had won by 1,127 votes.”
Kochenderfer wrote on his Facebook page:
“Well, this is awkward. I received a call from the Oakland County Elections Division this afternoon. There apparently was a technical glitch in several precincts. Instead of losing by 104 votes, I won by 1,127.
“I’m a bit speechless (my wife probably has a joke about that), but I’ll do my best here. While I’m grateful for the outcome, we should conduct a thorough review of our system to prevent this from happening again.”
Ya think?! Kochenderfer should have held his powder. Thanks to an honest and observant clerk, his defeat has now been turned into a big victory.
In case you were wondering, Kochenderfer happens to be a Republican.
I reported this weekend about the lawsuit filed before the election against Democrat Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for allowing a partisan organization to fund the election in major blue counties. You won’t need three guesses on the partisan-leanings of this outfit.
Jennifer Van Laar reported about a software glitch in Antrim County, Michigan that incorrectly awarded thousands of winning votes to Joe Biden. Ballots were recounted, and subsequently revealed President Trump was the county winner. The recount also pushed a few thousand more votes towards John James, who is still in a tight Senate race with Gary Peters. Despite major outlets like Politico and MSNBC calling the race for Peters, James has not conceded.
Glitches and located ballots appear to only favor the Democrat ticket. This defies logic, and doesn’t pass the smell test.
"Kochenderfer's was the second race in Michigan so far in which a glitch was revealed to have displayed the incorrect outcome of a race."
Why do all the glitches favor Democrats? https://t.co/np9xBwHrxR
— Christine Niles (@ChristineNiles1) November 8, 2020
Continued investigations are needed.