Michigan SOS explains delays in primary election results in Wayne County, other areas

3 August, 2022
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Michigan SOS explains delays in primary election results in Wayne County, other areas

Election results from Wayne County -- and perhaps other counties -- are delayed due to a modem issue, the county said. But the state says delays were expected.

The Michigan Primary Election was held on Tuesday, and results have been slow to come in for some areas, specifically in Wayne County, where only a handful of votes have been reported in key races.

According to Michigan SOS:

Many Michigan counties are in the process of or have already phased out the use of modems to transmit election results from cities and townships to their county clerk’s office. This is being done in accordance with guidance issued by the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission in order to prevent even a remote possibility of interference, and to counter misinformation that has been circulated concerning the use of modems. Obviously, it takes longer to drive election results physically from jurisdictions to county clerk offices, delaying the reporting of unofficial polling place results by the counties. However, in many counties, absentee ballot counting boards continue to count absentee ballots, where as many as half the ballots in those jurisdictions’ elections were cast via absentee. Polling place results that have been tabulated have been posted on the doors of polling places across the state and are available for public viewing. Some media outlets and other election results tracking organizations visit polling places directly to get these results as quickly as possible.


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