MASON, Mich. — Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum today reported that Ingham County’s unofficial results are now all in and posted to her website.
“Local Clerks worked tirelessly to ensure that every ballot was tabulated and reported to me in a timely and efficient manner,” Byrum stated. “While overall the unofficial results in Michigan are still pending, I am very pleased with the hard work that our elections administrators and the poll workers did in service of the voters of the State of Michigan.”
Throughout Ingham County, 145,586 voters cast ballots of the 214,400 registered voters, meaning that turnout was 67.90%. This is an increase of 2.61 percentage points from Ingham County’s turnout in 2016 at 65.29%.
“During this Election, Ingham County voters chose to vote by Absent Voter Ballot in record numbers,” Byrum stated. “Overall, 101,264 Absent Voter Ballots were cast in Ingham County, which is over three times as many as were cast in 2016. Overall, 69.56% of all ballots cast in Ingham were cast via Absent Voter ballots. Ingham County residents took advantage of their Local Clerk’s drop boxes and dropping their ballots off in person on Election Day to ensure that their voices were heard.”
In addition, Ingham County operated its first-ever Consolidated Absent Voter Counting Board, which counted Meridian Township’s Absent Voter Ballots for the November Election. The Counting Board counted 18,800 total ballots and finished counting and processing at 8:00 pm when polls closed.
“Our Absent Voter Counting Board was a tremendous success,” said Byrum. “Through the hard work and dedication of our well-trained Election Inspectors, the Ingham County Consolidated Absent Voter Counting Board was able to get Meridian Township’s results in about 10 hours faster than they came in this August. The economies of scale of this operation allowed us to work effectively and carefully, and get all of the ballots counted in a timely manner. ”
The Ingham County Board of Canvassers began meeting this afternoon to canvass the Election and finalize the results of the November General Election. At the conclusion of the canvass of the results, the Election will be certified and the official results will be accepted.
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