Clerk: Looking to be higher than typical local voter turnout

Posted at 4:47 PM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 16:48:18-05

Local precincts saw high numbers this morning, and a new big wave of voters is expected during the 5-7pm hours after work.

Speaking with poll watchers and poll workers, they say the number of voters calmed down after the morning rush, where they saw extremely high numbers, and officials say they might be able to break the record if it keeps up.

"I was there about 10:30, and it seemed real steady, I was voter number 419 and I understood there are about 1500 registered voters there," said Chris Henning.

"It is likely going to be one of our highest, I anticipate," said Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum. Another indicator of high voter turnout for Byrum is the record number of absentee ballots in Ingham County.

"At last count we had already processed 35,000 absentee ballots in Ingham County alone. Those are ballots that have been sent out and returned, and that was as of yesterday so I'm sure that number will certainly be higher."

With such high turnout, Byrum says it could make it a bit slower for voters. "Because there are so many new voters, or people who haven't voted in a while, sometimes things have changed and they might not be familiar with the process, so that might slow things down."

Clerks across the area have worked to make sure the lines go as quickly as possible, but if voters can have their identification ready it could speed the process.