Kent County keeps up with large voter turnout

Posted at 1:58 AM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 01:58:47-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kent County is under a microscope for how important the area is in the path to the presidency, but the county is reminding people to be patient for results.

With close to a quarter of a million absentee ballots and some of the highest voter turnouts compared to recent general elections, Kent County is expecting to have all votes tallied by Wednesday afternoon.

Despite the large number of voters, the clerk's office says it was as smooth of an Election Day as they could have imagined.

"It’s been a great Election Day. Things are running very smoothly. We aren't having any huge problems at our precincts. It’s been great weather so everybody just had this real positive attitude. People have been real patient at the polls. And really it's just been a celebration of what this country is really about,” Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons said.

Lyons says it’s a day they’ve been preparing for and why they were been able to get many of the ballots tabulated by the end of Tuesday night.

"We’ve spent the days the weeks the months leading up to this election getting ready for it and making sure that whether voters cast their ballot absentee or if they went to the polls yesterday on election day they could make their voice heard with confidence that the election would be secure and it would be safe," she added.

Meanwhile, the city of Grand Rapids processed more than 50,000 absentee voter ballots, and saw a 66% voter turnout.

Results are still rolling in, for unofficial numbers click here.