Voters and poll workers wear personal protective equipment during the Aug. 4 primary election inside Southfield City Hall.

Voters and poll workers wear personal protective equipment during the Aug. 4 primary election inside Southfield City Hall.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Southfield, Lathrup residents cast votes in primary

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published August 11, 2020

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SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — Whether through an absentee ballot or in person, Southfield and Lathrup Village residents made their voices heard during the Aug. 4 primary election.

According to Southfield Deputy City Clerk Nicole Humphries, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, things went off without a hitch.

“Running an election during a pandemic proved to present a different set of challenges for election administration, none like we’ve ever seen before. However, things still ran relatively smoothly,” Humphries said in an email.

Southfield saw a record turnout for a primary election, she said, with unofficial voter turnout at 40%. In the August 2018 election, she said, voter turnout was 35.13%.

According to the unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division, in Lathrup Village, there was a 54.4% voter turnout. In the August 2018 primary, there was a 50.69% turnout, according to the county.

Lathrup Village officials said in a recent newsletter that poll booths were set up to maximize social distancing.

“I would like to thank all election workers and polling locations for ensuring the success of the election,” Humphries said.

Lathrup Village City Clerk Yvette Talley did not return a request for comment by press time.

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