Grand Rapids rolls out voter turnout tracking tool

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids voters have a new way to track turnout in their community this Election Day.

The city Tuesday rolled out a new online toolshowing voter turnout by precinct. Visitors can click on their precinct and see the total number of voters that have cast their ballots, how many registered voters belong to that precinct, and the total turnout for that spot. The numbers include absentee ballots.

As of 5 p.m., slightly more than 40 percent of registered voters in Grand Rapids had cast their ballots. That’s already 2 percent higher than the midterm election in 2014.

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On Tuesday afternoon, Grand Rapids’ 72nd Precinct in Alger Heights had the highest turnout. Nearly 81 percent of registered voters who call Seymour Christian Reformed Church their polling place had cast their ballots.

At Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on the northeast side, the polling location for the 47th Precinct, there was a steady stream of voters all day.

"I knew it would be good," Precinct Chair Margaret Leiber said of turnout. "This is a precinct that votes very well, but that is high. That's very good."

She said she had seen a lot of new faces and that there appeared to be many more young people voting than in years past.

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