For some, voting Tuesday was a given.
"Need to. Everybody needs to vote today," said voter Theresa Dunham.
Many people are. The polls saw a steady stream of voters trickling in all day.
"We've had pretty heavy traffic in just about all of our precincts," said Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope.
Swope says turnout Tuesday was lower than 2008, but higher than the August primary. Even so, he says it's going more smoothly.
"Even with the bigger turnout, the electronic poll book is working a lot better," he said.
"The one machine was stuck but that was easy," said voter Brenda Kyriakou. "They just figured it out."
Voters we walked to--whether Republican, Democrat, or somewhere in between are passionate about what's at stake in this election, and that's what brought them to the polls.
"I can't very well say what's going on around me or complain if I don't get out there and vote," said Kyriakou. "If you wanna really know, we got to get the Republicans back in the house."
"I think we need Virg Bernero," said voter Julie Reed.
Reed says Bernero's poll numbers don't discourage her--they motivate her.
"Actually that's why I made sure I came out because he's behind and I wanted to make sure my vote got counted," he said.
And to make sure they have a voice.
"Michigan has got to change," said Dunham. "I'm a small business owner, and it's time for a change."
"I work 13-hour-days, five days a week and then I work one day in the weekend," said voter Eric Johns. "I would like to work eight-hour-days and be able to survive and make it on that."