Michigan final primary results may not be available until Wednesday “early afternoon”
The Michigan Secretary of State doesn’t expect final presidential primary results to be available until “early afternoon” Wednesday, as clerks scramble to count historic ballots. postal vote.
Changes to election laws passed in 2018 allow Michigan citizens to vote by mail for no reason. Spokesman for Secretary of State Jake Rollow said 804,216 postal ballots were cast this morning, a 60% increase from the 2016 primary.
“In terms of having all the courts fully done and reported, I think we’re looking at early Wednesday afternoon at this point,” Rollow said on a call with reporters. “It would be great if it was done before that. Considering the workload that we see on people’s plates, we know that they are doing their best to try to take care of it all.
Nearly a million people – 993,000 in total – requested a postal vote on Monday evening. This number is close to the 1.1 million absent votes cast in the 2016 general election.
Rollow said some jurisdictions that have increased their staff were doing “fairly well” in processing mail ballots received before Tuesday. Some clerks’ offices may not be able to hand out postal ballots to be counted by a tally table before the polls close, he said.
“Not all jurisdictions, some have not or have not been able to staff themselves to this extent,” Rollow said. “While some counties may report earlier than others, we still expect it to be tomorrow, early afternoon, hopefully, that we would in fact have all the jurisdictions and therefore all counties capable of actually reporting the results. “
Voters who have already obtained a postal ballot have until Tuesday 8 p.m. to return it to the clerk’s office in their city or township.
Meanwhile, some voters taking advantage of another change allowing anyone to register to vote on election day are experiencing long lines at the clerk’s offices. Rollow said 7,198 people registered to vote on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., causing queues to form in cities with large student numbers, such as Kalamazoo, Grand Valley, East Lansing and Ann Arbor.
Polling day registrations are growing rapidly with just a few hours before the polls close at 8 p.m. The number of people who registered on polling day jumped 52% in just two hours between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Citizens seeking to report electoral fraud can contact their county clerk, the Michigan Secretary of State’s office at (517) 335-3234 and / or the non-partisan Election Protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE.
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