Record breaking voter turnout in Ingham County

INGHAM COUNTY, MI (WLNS) – Michigan residents hit the polls, and shattered records.

After the votes were counted, it was the largest primary in terms of turnout Michigan has ever recorded.

Two point five million voters went to the polls, breaking a record from 44 years ago of 1.9 million for a primary election.

In Jackson County the voter turnout nearly doubled. This year 30 percent of registered voters cast ballots, compared to the 16.5 percent, in 2012.

Eaton County saw a similar leap with a 39 percent turnout, compared to the 19 percent vote in 2012.

But one county stole the show 70 thousand people voted for a future Commander in Chief in Ingham County.

“This is something that has never happened there was no way for the clerk to expect such a major amazing turnout” Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum said.

According to Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, around 5 p.m. Tuesday night, she received a call from the municipal clerk stating that some precincts had run out of ballots.

Those locations used absentee ballots, and later photo-copied more to make sure everyone could vote.

Those locations used she was aware of 7 precincts without ballots, and Wednesday morning she  11 precincts in the county, ran out of ballots.

According to Byrum a total of 11 precincts ran out of ballots, all from Ingham county, and a majority of those from Lansing.

“35.91 percent is likely the highest that we’ve had since the 1970’s its clearly the highest we’ve had since 2008.” Byrum said.

What was different about this year’s primary?

According to Fred Woodhams, with the Secretary of State’s Office, he believes Michigan was in the national spotlight so voters were ready.

“People were aware of it, wanted to have their voice heard on Election day, and support a candidate.” Woodhams said.

But according to Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope, these numbers are nothing, compared to what we can expect for the general election in November.

“The turnout that we have that day will make this look miniscule actually, it will probably be double or more” Lansing Clerk Chris Swope said.

According to Byrum more than 200 ballots were photocopied Tuesday night.

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