2020 Election Recap
As was the case for the rest of the nation, the November 3, 2020, General Election was groundbreaking for Peninsula Township. Nearly 86% of our 5,671 registered voters voted in person or by absentee ballot. By comparison, in the 2016 General Election, nearly 82% of our registered voters voted.
The number of absentee voters likewise grew. In the 2016 General Election, 35% of our voters voted absentee. In the 2020 General Election, 68.5% did. While this trend was no doubt exacerbated by the pandemic, we expect it to continue.
We would like to heartily thank the more than four dozen township residents who worked on November 3, staffing both of our live polling places and working at our two absentee voter counting boards. Their service to this township, our state, and the nation in the midst of a global pandemic cannot be exaggerated. The clerk’s office sincerely thanks these individuals.
We also want to thank the Kindness Kids Club for putting a basket of snacks outside Precinct 1 for the many voters who stood patiently waiting six feet apart for their turn to enter township hall to vote.
Thanks also go to the Peninsula Township Fire Department for once again transporting, setting up, and tearing down the multitude of equipment we needed to run elections safely. To the best of our knowledge, not a single case of COVID-19 was transmitted to or by those who voted or worked on Election Day in Peninsula Township.
Our sincere thanks also goes to Spanglish for the generous donation of lunch to all our election inspectors on November 3. The burritos were delicious!
We also want to thank St. Joseph Catholic Church and First Congregational Church for graciously accommodating us in August and November just as they did in March. Three elections is a lot, and we are grateful for their cheerful assistance every step of the way.
Finally, immense thanks to Lola Jackson, Marilyn Elliott, and Beth Chan, who helped the clerk’s office carry out all three elections. Preparing for the General Election in particular required a tremendous amount of work, and they tirelessly embraced the details that required special attention.
Please reach out to the clerk's office if we can answer any questions!