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Kent County Elections Team launches new online election tool

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The Kent County Elections team announced the launch of ElectionStats, a new online tool that will help the public more easily access historical election data

“So this is helping to modernize our election result searches on our website.”

Kent County Elections Director Mike Sullivan says ElectionStats, which is owned and supported by Boston-based tech vendor Civera, will allow individuals easier access to local election results.

“Elections in the past, individuals needed to go separately into each election to view election results. Now it’s in a nice, searchable, easy-to-navigate query box where they have that information within seconds.”

The system serves as a data warehouse, offering insights into past elections, ballot questions and voter turnout statistics.

Sullivan says launching this tool was in keeping with the department’s goal of having elections that are secure, fair, transparent and accurate.

“We felt that this tool would be able to help individuals, common voters, media, students, researchers, be able to access election results more easily instead of going and digging through our website or having to contact the office to do a FOIA request for this information, that it’s all right here, right on our website for them to easily navigate.”

Phase one of uploading the most recent election results to the service has been completed, with phase two of uploading results through 2002 wrapping up soon. Phase three will begin next year and involves scanning paper records that are stored at an offsite facility into the system by hand.

“And we hope in the next couple of years to have results dating back to our earliest records of around 1910.”

ElectionStats is live now and can be accessed at KentCountyVotes.com

Dave joined WGVU Public Media in November of 2023 after eighteen years as a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Emmy-nominated photojournalist and editor at Grand Rapids' WOOD TV8 and three years at WEYI TV25 in Flint, Michigan. As a General Assignment Reporter, Dave covers daily news and community events all over West Michigan.
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