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Washtenaw County Officials Prepared For Today's Primary Elections


Washtenaw County officials are not expecting long wait times at polling places during the August 4th primary election.

That's because so many voters have chosen to vote with an absentee ballot.

More than 101,000 ballots were issued, and more than 66,000 have been returned so far.

Washtenaw County's Director of Elections Ed Golembiewskisays lines at the polls may look a little longer due to social distancing and other safety measures in response to COVID-19, but he doesn't think it will take anyone much longer than usual to vote.

"As they move through the process, they won’t notice many differences other than the fact poll workers are prepared with personal protective equipment and are providing hand sanitizer for voters and properly cleaning and sanitizing between them, but we do expect to be able to do that relatively efficiently," Golembiewski says.

Golembiewski says because absentee ballots take longer to count, election results probably won’t be ready until Wednesday morning.

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— Taylor Pinson is a writer/reporter for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him studio@wemu.org

Taylor Pinson is a former WEMU news reporter and engineer.
Taylor Pinson is a former WEMU news reporter and engineer.
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