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New law intended to help local clerks process absentee ballots in November

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into lawon Tuesday a measure that should speed up election results in November.

The new law allows city or township clerks to create an "absent voting counting board" with other local clerks to join forces to count absentee ballots.

“There are a lot of smaller jurisdictions in Ingham County and across the state that this will benefit greatly,” says Lansing city clerk Chris Swope.

Swope says processing ballots with an absent voting counting board rather than in a precinct will speed up the count.

More Michiganders than normal are expected to cast absentee ballots this fall due partly to concerns about COVID-19.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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