Early Voting at WMU Increases | WMUK

Early Voting at WMU Increases

Oct 30, 2020

The early voting station at WMU's Bernhard Center
Credit Emmanuel Wilson / WMUK

Election Day is fast approaching. But some people are already casting their ballots at Western Michigan University’s Bernhard Center.

It has a satellite early voting site set up by the Kalamazoo City Clerk’s office. Site Supervisor Amanda McMillan says traffic has increased each day as November 3rd draws near.

“Our heaviest hours are from noon to about 2 o´clock, people getting their lunch break or having a break in between classes.”

McMillan says early voting at the Bernhard Center is open to anyone registered to vote in the city. But she says those who do come should be prepared.

“With the 14 days before election, if you register to vote you have to have proof of residency.”

Earlier this week, Kalamazoo County Clerk-Register Tim Snow said nearly 89,000 people in the county had request absentee ballots. And he says over 68,000 of them have been returned so far.

Kalamazoo City Clerk Scott Borling says delays are expected in counting the huge surge in absentee and other early ballots. He says that is not evidence that the system is in trouble. Borling says it's important to take the time needed to make sure that every vote is counted accurately.