Voter Turnout Low On Primary Day

(WLNS) – Local officials say the voter turnout is low for this year’s primary.

6 News Mariah Harrison visited a number of precincts Tuesday to take in the experience.

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope said, “we aren’t expecting a huge turnout.”

That seems to be the trend across the state. In fact polling officials predict only 1 million people will cast their vote Tuesday out of over 7 million registered voters.

Swope says it could have something to do with the unexciting and uncontested governor’s race.

“I think that depresses turnout a little bit.”

“The top of the ticket is what draws voters the most so when you have an exciting race at the gubernatorial level or the US senate they’re going to be advertising. They’re going to be having teams of volunteers and that’s really what motivates people to come out and vote over the top of the ticket.”

Also this is a primary election where voters can only vote one way, republican or democrat.

“You can only vote in one party’s primary so you get a ballot that has a democratic column and a republican column.”

Swope notes a number of people are uncomfortable with that type of party affiliation and keeps them from the polls.

The 3rd precinct at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing only had about 140 voters early in the afternoon.

Poll worker Jamie Welch (Lewton Elementary) says you shouldn’t let anything side track you, because every vote counts.

“We encourage everyone to come out there are some very important proposals on the ballot that are very crucial every vote counts one vote could be the difference between someone getting office or not or a proposal passing or not,” said Jamie Welch, poll worker.

These low numbers coming out this afternoon do not count absentee ballots. Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope said the city mailed out about 4,000 absentee ballots and nearly 3,800 were returned.

So when adding the absentee ballots to Tuesday’s low numbers, the end result may not look so bad.

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