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Michigan county flips back to Trump following election software update

Reliably GOP county had originally swung to Biden.

Published: November 6, 2020 2:58pm

Updated: November 30, 2020 5:36pm

Election software in Michigan's Antrim County that had incorrectly directed Democratic votes to presidential candidate Joe Biden was updated Friday, putting thousands of votes correctly into President Trump's totals.

The software had reportedly caused a significant number of votes to be allotted to Biden in a county that has for years been reliably red. In the presumed final count, Biden had originally led in the county by roughly 3,000 votes. Revised totals show that Trump won the county by around 2,500. 

The error came after an election staffer failed to update the software to adjust for changes in a local ballot, state officials said following the incident.

Addressing the mishap, Michigan GOP Chairwoman Laura Cox said Friday during a press conference that "47 counties [in Michigan] use this same software in the same capacity."

"These counties that use this software need to closely examine their results for similar discrepancies," she said. 

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