Local primaries draw in early voters


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Since Trump and Clinton have been in the spotlight during this year’s general election, it has brought interest to local primaries as well. Although you won’t see their names pop up on next week’s primary election ballot, they have attracted voters to the polls and many are voting early.

“It’s an important day this coming Tuesday to vote, but every election day is important, every election people should be exercising their right to vote,” Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum said.

“I think we’re going to have a larger than average turnout,” Meridian Township Clerk Brett Dreyfus stated.

Early voting, or absentee voting, is a popular trend during elections especially for this August 2nd primary.

“Many people have voted already if they’re absentee voters, they’ve already voted, they mailed their ballots back and they are not worried at all,” Byrum said.

Here in Michigan, there are specific qualifications in order to receive an absentee ballot to vote.

“One of those could be that you’re going out be out of the area during election day, another reason could be that you are 60 years young or more,” said Byrum.

Clerk Dreyfus even noted…

“Being sick or having a medical condition, working the day of the election and needing to have an absentee ballot.”

But with early voting catching the eye of voters in the community, will that attract people to the polls on Election Day?

“I expect all qualified registered voters to turnout on every single election,” Byrum said.

“We have about a 29% turnout in 2012, we’ve had about a 20-25% in other years, and we’ve seen a slight increase in voter turnout and I think we’re going to get above 30%,” Dreyfus stated.

For these county and township clerks, having people vote at the polls or through absentee voting is the goal…

“As an election official, I want to make sure that voting is as easy and painless, efficient…as possible,” said Byrum.

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