Guide for Finding Official Primary Election Night Returns

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Four states have primary elections Tuesday, Aug. 7. Official returns won't be certified until days or weeks after polls close. However, states post unofficial returns on the website of the election authority responsible for administering polling places. For election night watchers, these are the pertinent webpages to go to monitor election returns in each state.

When will Michigan post results?

Polls in Michigan close at 8 p.m. local time in both the lower and upper peninsulas. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports several local elections are interesting this year, including the one to replace former Rep. Thad McCotter from just outside Detroit.

Voters can find unofficial results after 8 p.m. when precincts start counting ballots. The page automatically refreshes every five minutes. Races include U.S. Senator, representatives to Congress and state representatives. Voters can select certain races or monitor results from the entire state.

What about Missouri's new election night reporting website?

Missourians vote until 7 p.m. CT throughout the state. Voters standing in line at 7 p.m. will be able to cast their vote for candidates of their choice. In addition to all eight congressional district primaries, statewide offices for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and U.S. Senator will have partisan elections.

Results will start to appear on Missouri's new election night reporting website. A map signifies results from various counties, congressional districts and municipalities. The map refreshes data every two minutes from all of Missouri's 3,428 precincts.

How can Kansans monitor election returns?

Polling places close at 7 p.m. CT in Kansas . Counties may choose to keep polling places open later should the need arise. Voters in line at 7 p.m. will be able to cast ballots. The Kansas City Star reports turnout should be low, around 18 percent , due to the lack of statewide races. However, representatives to Congress will be elected in addition to members of the Kansas legislature.

Kansas has no official Internet presence for reporting results. Election night tabulations are maintained by local county offices and the secretary of state's office. Local media outlets will disseminate results as they see fit.

What about Washington's new elections app?

The state of Washington has contests to determine general election candidates for federal offices, state executive offices and legislators throughout the state. Polls close at 8 p.m. PT and votes will begin to be tabulated at that point.

Keeping track of election results in Washington became easier this year. The secretary of state's office has an iPhone and Android app that is available for free to anyone who wants it. The app allows voters to select various races and get up-to-the-minute results. Washington's website also has results as to voter turnout and which candidates are ahead in each race.

William Browning is a research librarian specializing in U.S. politics.

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