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Kent Co. clerk announces schedule of post-election audits

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Posted at 1:10 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 13:10:59-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus announced Tuesday the schedule of post-election audits her office will conduct following the general election.

The audits are set to begin Wednesday and continue throughout December, a news release said.

Audits of between 10 and 12 of the county’s 252 precincts are conducted after every statewide general election, per state law.

They thoroughly review the administrative procedures performed before, during and after an election, including a review of voted Election Day and absentee ballots with a manual recount of select contested races.

For this audit, the county will recount the votes for president of the United States and U.S. senator.

The review of voted ballots confirms the equipment used to count votes worked properly and reported the correct result.

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“The spotlight on this election has provided every voter with a tremendous opportunity to learn exactly how our elections are administered,” Lyons said. “Critical to understand are the many checks-and-balances that we perform before, during, and after every election to ensure that our elections are conducted properly. Elections in Kent County are secure, accurate, fair and transparent and these audits provide the public with the assurance.”

All post-election audits are open to the public and will start at 9 a.m. on scheduled days.

See the schedule:

Byron Township, Precinct 1: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 9AM-5PM

East Grand Rapids City, Precinct 5: Thursday, December 10, 2020 9AM-5PM

Grandville City, Precinct 5: Friday, December 11, 2020 9AM-5PM

Wyoming City, Precinct 26: Monday, December 14, 2020 9AM-5PM

Plainfield Township, Precinct 4: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 9AM-5PM

Cannon Township, Precinct 6: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 9AM-5PM

Cascade Township, Precinct 10: Thursday, December 17, 2020 9AM-5PM

Grand Rapids City, Precinct 22: Friday, December 18, 2020 9AM-5PM

Caledonia Township, Precinct 6: Monday, December 21, 2020 9AM-5PM

Oakfield Township, Precinct 3: TBD 9AM-5PM

Grand Rapids Township, Precinct 1 TBD: 9AM-5PM