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Republicans sound alarm on Antrim County election results

NPR/Michigan Radio

 UPDATEUnofficial election results in Antrim County have now been corrected after a software issue skewed the initial results.

The county noticed the voting looked improbable given past voting trends.

The initial results showed Joe Biden winning the county in the presidential race.

"The erroneous reporting of unofficial results from Antrim county was a result of accidental error on the part of the Antrim County Clerk," said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. "The equipment and software did not malfunction and all ballots were properly tabulated. However, the clerk accidentally did not update the software used to collect voting machine data and report unofficial results."

The software was updated and unofficial results now show President Trump winning the county by more than 2,000 votes.

There may be a problem with Antrim County’s ballots. According to unofficial results posted by the county clerk, Democrats got the majority of votes there.

As of 9:30 this morning, Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden had more than 7,700 votes in the county, 3,000 more than President Donald Trump. Democratic candidates Gary Peters and Dana Ferguson also outperformed their Republican opponents in the county.

That has Triston Cole (R-Mancelona), who lives and represents Antrim County in the Michigan State House, confused.

“There is no way that we flipped from 62% Trump in 2016 to upside-down this time around,” he said.

Cole specifically cited the results at his polling place: Chestonia Township. Antrim County’s election results show Representative Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet) only got 2 votes.

“I can guarantee that there were 6 [Bergman votes] in my immediate family alone,” he said.

Cole says GOP officials have been talking all morning about the county’s results. He says legal action may be taken, but much is still uncertain.

As of 10 a.m., the election results page on the county has since been taken down.

A representative from the Antrim County Clerk’s office said they weren’t aware of any discrepancies, but added county clerks are talking to polling and election officials to get the most accurate and up-to-date information to voters.

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