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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

An election night dispatch from Ed Vielmetti

At 10:30 this evening, I received an the following email from Ed Vielmetti:
Ben, for Damn Arbor if you choose.

Larry Kestenbaum is the Washtenaw County Clerk and Register of Deeds. I spoke to him just after 10:00 p.m. on election night at his office in the county building on N Main St in downtown Ann Arbor.

Kestenbaum reported that there was a "huge turnout" in this election, with more than 90,000 ballots counted so far county wide. Most of the ballots remaining to be counted at this writing are a bunch of absentee ballots, with Superior Township and the City of Ann Arbor still waiting for absentee votes to be counted.

The clerk's report is that the state senate race is currently "very close", with Jeff Irwin at a margin of +2 votes. Irwin has a big lead in Ann Arbor absentee voting to this point, with more Ann Arbor absentee votes yet to be counted.

Kestenbaum noted the phenomenon of "temporal displacement" in absentee voting, in which early voters don't incorporate late news into their voting decisions. He noted that Gretchen Whitmer had a large lead in the absentee voting over Abdul El-Sayed, suggesting that El-Sayed's late surge in popularity did not translate into absentee votes.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this Ben.

    Ann Arbor City all accounted for as of midnight:

    1. Hayner +130
    2. Griswold +53
    3. Grand +372
    4. Nelson +1069 (!)
    5. Ramlawi +162

    Still outstanding in the county is Superior Twp with 5 partially counted precincts.