Lessons from 2016 to ease GVSU voting backup


ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Ottawa County says it's taking steps to prevent a repeat of long lines to vote in Allendale Township.

In the 2016 presidential election, so many Grand Valley State University students turned out that the polls had to stay open late to accommodate them.

This year, about 15 percent of Ottawa County registered voters voted absentee. In the GVSU precinct, that figure was only 1 percent. That means there should be a big turnout, but the county officials said Monday they are prepared.

“I believe that we've made significant changes so that we won't see the same problems we saw in 2016,” Ottawa County Clerk Justin Roebuck, who's in charge of elections, said.

Full story: WOOD TV


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