Voter Turnout Slow But Steady Across Mid-Michigan

By: Josh Sidorowicz Email
By: Josh Sidorowicz Email

Voter turnout across Mid-Michigan has been slow but steady for Tuesday's elections.

In Lansing about 18 percent of registered voters were expected to be out to the polls, according to Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope.

Swope said a big driving factor for turnout in any election is generally the race at the top of the ticket.

In Lansing it's the race for mayor, which isn't hotly contested, Swope said.

"That top of the ticket really drives the biggest turnout so what we do have right now is contested city council seats so right now that's what's driving the turnout... that and the base of people that just always vote no mater what," he said.

In Jackson they're "on track" to match the number of voters who voted for mayor in 2011 with about 12 percent of registered voters coming to the polls, according to Carmen Ryan the city's election coordinator.

And in East Lansing, about 8 percent registered voters were at the polls, a number skewed by a large number of voters registered on Michigan State's campus who don't vote, according to clerk Marie Wicks.

Wicks said overall turnout in the city was "stead but slow."

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