City of Detroit could see highest voter turnout in decades, clerk says

Posted at 10:35 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 22:35:53-05

(WXYZ) — Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey said that the city could have the highest turnout in decades in this year.

Speaking at the TCF Center where they are tabulating absentee ballots, Winfrey said that they are looking at a voter turnout between 53% and 55%.

If that holds, it will be the highest turnout in more than three decades, and could be good for Joe Biden.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton carried Detroit, but there was only a 48% voter turnout. When Barack Obama won Michigan in 2008, Detroit had around 53% voter turnout.

According to Winfrey, as of 7:30 p.m., the City of Detroit had tabulated 120,000 absentee ballots, and about 80,000 of those had been published. That means they've been looked at and are good to go.

The rest must go through what is called the adjudication process.

According to the clerk's office, 15% of Detroit voters showed up in person.

"The way that the work is going, it looks like, and I’m not making promises, but if we continue at this pace, we should have 100 percent results by about this time tomorrow at the earliest," Winfrey said.