LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Secretary Benson held a virtual press conference Wednesday thanking poll workers, local and county clerks for their hard work in counting the ballots for the November election.
In her delivery, Benson said the absentee ballot tabulation process was “Efficient, transparent, secure and methodical.” She added that workers “dotted every I and crossed every T,” in a testament to showing the process works.
Benson also addressed misinformation and told the audience to “be prepared to counter misinformation and join us in correcting misinformation and false accusations.”
When asked about why Michigan was able to count ballots ahead of the projected date of Friday, Nov. 5, Benson attributed it to three changes the Secretary of State’s office made and provided context for arriving at the Friday estimate.
“Based on the fact that in August, it took us 40 hours to do 1.5 million ballots, we estimated it would take twice as long for the November election,” she said.
The three changes that were implemented included:
- doubling or tripling the number of increased high-speed ballot tabulators at polling locations
- investing in high-speed envelope openers
- increasing the number of people hired to work the Election
The Associated Press confirmed Wednesday evening that Democratic Presidential nominee, Joe Biden won Michigan’s 16 electoral college votes with 49.9% of the vote. President Trump had 48.6% of the vote.
The battleground state was highly sought after by both candidates, with President Trump making four trips to Michigan in just last seven days leading up to the election.
Biden’s victory turns Michigan back to blue, after president trump turned the usual Democratic stronghold red in 2016, on his road to defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.