(RightWing.org) – Democrats and Republicans have argued bitterly about the possibility of voter fraud throughout this election season. Left-leaning commentators have continually insisted that the various voting mechanisms in place are too sophisticated for electoral interference to occur.
Of course, the system is far from flawless. There have been stories about vote tampering in post offices, lost ballots, and other questionable occurrences. On Wednesday, November 4, we may have seen the most alarming one of all.
Adam Kochenderfer, a Republican incumbent for the Oakland County Board of Commissioners in Michigan, appeared to have lost his seat last Tuesday. When all precincts had reported their results, Kochenderfer was behind his Democratic opponent by 104 votes.
That is until election officials noticed a technical error; a computer glitch had caused votes in seven precincts to be counted twice. In reality, Adam Kochenderfer had won the race by over 1100 votes.
Meet Adam Kochenderfer!
Adam is a Republican in Oakland who LOST his election on Wednesday.
The next day, after ANOTHER Computer “Glitch” was found, Adam was surprised to find that he had actually WON.
Do you now understand why people want an Election Audit? pic.twitter.com/YMqEsbd2DK
— Charles T. Moran (@CharlesTMoran) November 6, 2020
Kochenderfer did not raise any questions about the voting process when the initial results emerged. When the true outcome of the election became public, however, he took to Twitter to discuss the matter. Before thanking his supporters and paying tribute to his opponent, Kochenderfer stressed a “thorough review” of the system was required to prevent something like this from happening again.
Could This Have Wider Relevance?
Kochenderfer did not remark upon any significance this turn of events might have in a broader context. However, anyone who’s been watching the news over the last few weeks will see how it might affect more than just Oakland County. If this kind of error happened in a local election, it could also have happened in the presidential election.
It’s also worth remembering that this all happened because of a computer glitch. Millions of ballots across the country were mailed in paper form, which, most people would agree, is a far less reliable medium. These ballots, in turn, are often scanned into computers.
This event sheds light on exactly why so many Republicans are worried about the integrity of the 2020 election. In a close race, at a time when political camps are so charged, the idea of electoral interference is not that far-fetched. When we’re dealing with a system that can allow fundamental technical errors like this to happen, there needs to be appropriate checks to make sure everything unfolded properly.
Stay tuned, we haven’t heard the last of this issue.
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