Voter turnout down slightly from Nov. 2010

Nov. 4, 2014 voter turnout in five West Michigan counties and Grand Rapids.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Voter turnout was lower in several West Michigan counties Tuesday than it was in the 2010 general election.

Last week, the Ottawa County clerk’s office projected a 55% voter turnout there. Actual turnout was around 48%.

All five West Michigan counties that 24 Hour News 8 checked with Wednesday saw lower voter turnout than during the November 2010 election.

In Kent and Muskegon counties, the numbers were down more than 3%. Muskegon County turnout was about 1.5% lower. Kalamazoo County say the smallest decrease, with not even a full percent lower than 2010.

And in Grand Rapids, according to the city clerk’s office, turnout was down about 4%.

The trend was reflected statewide, with 83,000 fewer votes cast this year.

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