WWJ In Depth: Voting & The March 10th Primary In Michigan

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March 04, 2020 - 10:11 am

(WWJ) What do you need to know before the March 10th primary election in Michigan? 

This week on WWJ In Depth, host Rob St. Mary talks to Hamtramck City Clerk August Gitschlag about making sure your vote is counted safely and securely, no matter how or where you mark your ballot. 

So how can you be sure your vote counts, and hackers don't cause mischief? 

For starters, Gitschlag said, none of the computers used are allowed to be connected to the web.

"We do modem out results at the end of the night to the county," he explained. "And then we call and we take our paper printout and compare that the numbers hit the county and varify it. So it's a very strict rule that any election computer, any reporting software, can't be connected to the internet."

A chief concern this year, Gitschlag said, is that a large number of absentee ballots could slow down the final vote totals in Michigan. 

"Many of my colleagues are seeing triple the amount of absentee ballots, and they don't necessarily have the infrastructure to count all that on Election Day. So they;re talking about results coming in the next day at some points, because you can't work these election workers for 18 hours to count these ballots."

Also in this episode, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson talks about the growth in absentee voters and the projected turnout on Tuesday.