As of midday on Tuesday voter turnout in jackson has been strong and steady and in the highly contentious 7th district voter turnout is key.
"This is an important election that's going to determine the direction the country takes for the next few years and we need to make progress with the economy," said voter Kathleen Dever.
The economy and jobs were big issues that brought many voters to the polls in jackson on tuesday.
"I'm concerned about the state of the economy in michigan," said one voter. "I want to be able to complain if things don't go my way."
Steve Bolton is one of many voters who made it out to the polls but didn't make a decision until today.
"I can't say I did a lot of research...I read the proposals on the walls before I voted," said Bolton.
Amanda Riska, the Jackson county clerk says voter turnout has been good and her office has been bombarded with calls.
"Am I registered to vote, where, my polling location is and questions from county clerks," said Riska.
And the new electronic polling book in the sixth ward made voting a little easier
"They are actually laptop computers that hold the voter information not only for each precinct but voter info for everyone in the city," said Lynn Fessel, the Jackson city clerk.
Now in the hands of the voters.
"We all heard from the candidates over the last few months and now it's your day to make your voice heard," said Riska.
All the voters we talked to, regardless who they voted for, stressed that it was critical to come out and voter in order to influence Michigan's future.