FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2020
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Rob Macomber at (616) 632-7640
Kent County Clerk/Register Announces Complete Election Results, Praises Local Clerks
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Lisa Posthumus Lyons, Kent County Clerk/Register announced this morning that 100% of Kent County’s 252 voting precincts have reported their election results from yesterday’s Presidential Primary Election.
145,923, or 30.74% of Kent County voters, cast a ballot in Tuesday’s election. Among those voters were 1,009 who registered on Election Day in accordance with recent changes allowing for same day registration.
55,180 Kent County voters cast an absentee ballot, which makes up 37.8% of the total votes this election. This represents a 125% increase over the number of absentee ballots voted in the 2016 Presidential Primary.
"Turnout was within the normal range that we’ve seen in recent primaries. What was unique, and sure to be our new normal, is a strong shift from Election Day to absentee voting. That shift, and to a larger extent same day registration, tested our elections infrastructure, but I am proud of our team of local clerks and election inspectors in Kent County who performed so well." said Lyons.
"As we continue to the May, August, and November elections later this year, Kent County voters can be confident that their voice matters and their vote counts because our elections are safe, secure, and transparent." Lyons concluded.
Election results are unofficial until canvassed by the county and state boards of canvassers. That process begins today at 1pm. Complete unofficial results for Kent County can be found at accesskent.com/elections.