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Another election computer glitch in Michigan reversed as Republican declared belated winner

Municipal worker reportedly submitted two sets of absentee ballots twice.

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Uncounted ballots in Michigan
Uncounted ballots in Michigan
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Updated: November 8, 2020 - 7:56am

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A Michigan Republican received a welcome shock when his apparent loss at the polls was reversed due to the fix of a "technical glitch" that originally had him losing the election. 

Adam Kochenderfer was originally declared the loser in his race against Democrat Melanie Hartman for a position on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. The narrow race appeared to end with Hartman the winner by just 104 votes. 

Yet the county clerk soon discovered that a set of absentee ballots had actually been reported in the voter totals twice. Once the duplicate set was removed, Kochenderfer came out ahead by 1,127 votes. 

"This is proof that our process of checks and balances works," County Clerk Lisa Brown said after the discovery. "A methodical canvass is an essential tool to ensure an accurate count and precise results."

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. An alleged software glitch in Antrim County, Michigan earlier this week incorrectly awarded thousands of winning votes to Joe Biden; a recount of ballots subsequently revealed Trump was the county winner.