Nearly 10,000 local voters cast ballots in general election

Dennis Mansfield

KALKASKA — For election officials throughout Kalkaska County, the 2020 general election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, stretched well into the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 4, as more than 9,500 local voters cast their ballots in the election highlighted by the national clash between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump, the Republican incumbent, overwhelmingly carried the traditionally “red” Kalkaska County, getting 6,779 votes to his Democratic challenger’s 2,661 votes. The same held true for GOP challenger John James in his bid to upset Democrat incumbent Sen. Gary Peters, with James far outdistancing Peters, 6,581 to 2,731.

Kalkaska County Clerk Deborah Hill said it was probably the highest local voter turnout she could remember. Yet, there were few if any problems reported by the county’s 12 voting precincts.

“No real issues that I know of,” Hill said.


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