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Van Buren County Clerk: Election Day line in Paw Paw caused by high voter turnout, COVID-19 restrictions

Long lines in Paw Paw
Posted at 6:09 PM, Nov 04, 2020

PAW PAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Voters in Paw Paw waited an average of two hours to cast their ballots on Election Day.

The township supervisor said they've never seen it that long before.

Paw Paw Township Supervisor Donald Stull said the line remained steadily long all day and into the evening even after the polls closed.

While they had never seen lines that long, Stull said there was a number of new voters plus COVID-19 restrictions that made the voting process a little slower.

The Van Buren County Clerk added it was fantastic voter turnout with way more people they had seen in the past.

"For Paw Paw Township, it looks like they were averaging right around…one of the precincts was at 69.42 percent, 68.67. They were right around 68 to 70% of voter turnout. ((02:58:19)) In looking at it, it was definitely one of the highest throughout the county," said the Van Buren County Clerk Suzie Roehm.

The last voter cast their ballot just after 11 p.m., and election officials were reportedly at the township building until 2 a.m.

The county clerk said she was at their county building until the early hours of Wednesday morning.