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Kent Co. certifies general election results

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Posted at 3:57 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 15:57:21-05

KENT COUNTY, Mich. — The Kent County Board of Canvassers has certified the county’s results of the Nov. 3 general election, officials announced Wednesday.

The Board of Canvassers convened Nov. 5, meeting each weekday, open to the public, until completing the canvass Tuesday.

Law requires the canvass to be completed no later than two weeks after each Election Day.

Official county canvass documents will be delivered Wednesday to the state Bureau of Elections to be included in the statewide canvass.

Candidates have until Nov. 23 to request a county-level recount.

After statewide certification, the county clerk’s office will conduct legally-required post-election audits in randomly-selected precincts.

Those include “a number of additional measures” to verify that the election was administered correctly and that results were accurate.

Among those additional steps is the conducting of manual hand-recounts of ballots in two contested races.

“Michigan’s process of conducting elections is deliberative and extensive,” said Lisa Posthumus Lyons, Kent County clerk. “Counting every legal vote accurately is our number one priority, and we spend a month after every election to ensure that Kent County elections are secure, transparent and fair.”