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Election Day glitches this time, clerk reports

Election Day glitches this time, clerk reports

Election Day glitches this time, clerk reports

Tuesday's election in Barry County went “flawlessly,” Barry County Clerk Pamela Palmer said Wednesday.

Out of roughly 45,000 registered voters in the county, Palmer said 5,542 votes were cast.  She said turnout was fairly light across the county's 14 precincts.

“Everything went well. I didn't have any clerks call in glitches. We'll see how the canvassers do.”

The Board of Canvassers will start reviewing county election results Thursday afternoon, she said.

Palmer didn't have a final count on how many absentee ballots were cast, but she said there were a few voters in each of 11 precincts who registered to vote on Election Day.

November's election was problematic for clerks in Barry County because of technical glitches that impended the process.

Same-day voter registration and no-reason absentee voting were among changes to Michigan's election law that were approved by voters in 2018.

Four requests appeared on ballots in Barry County.

The unofficial results showed:

  • Out of 713 total votes cast on Hastings Township Library millage question, 393 voted yes and 320 voted no.

            The Hastings Public Library asked for a 1.6 millage renewal/increase for 10 years to provide         library services to township residents.

  • Out of 1,687 total votes cast on the Delton Kellogg schools proposal, 1,057 voted yes and 630 voted no. Delton schools asked for $23.2 million for building and site, educational technology and districtwide improvements.
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  • Out of 3,828 total votes cast on Hastings schools proposal, 1,814 voted yes and 2,014 voted no.

District voters were asked to approve 0.7 mills to raise $9.9 million for repairs to all school buildings to be paid off in 12 years. A previous 0.4 millage will be paid off in 2020; approval would have meant taxpayers would have had a 0.3 mill increase in taxes.

  • In the part of Barry County that is in the Martin school district, 16 total votes were cast on the Martin schools proposal: 10 voted yes and 6 voted no. (That request, for operating millage, was approved districtwide, 200-51.)
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