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A look at primary election turnout in Michigan through the years

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Turnout rates in Michigan for primaries have stayed fairly consistent through the years.

The 2018 Michigan Primary Election is Tuesday, Aug. 7. Some experts expect a higher than average voter turnout, perhaps the highest in more than a decade.

Related: Michigan Primary Election 2018 on Aug. 7: What you need to know before voting

But how high can it go? Here's a look at primary voter turnout through the years:

Primary voter turnout in Presidential Election years

  • 1980: 18.1 percent
  • 1984: 17.4 percent
  • 1988: 16.5 percent
  • 1992: 21 percent
  • 1996: 18.3 percent
  • 2000: 16.7 percent
  • 2008: 18.8 percent
  • 2012: 19.7 percent

Primary voter turnout in Gubernatorial Election years

  • 1978: 19.4 percent
  • 1982: 24.4 percent
  • 1986: 17.5 percent
  • 1990: 15.1 percent
  • 1994: 20.3 percent
  • 1998: 19 percent
  • 2002: 23.3 percent
  • 2006: 16.9 percent
  • 2010: 21.9 percent
  • 2014: 17.4 percent 

Source: Michigan Secretary of State, Department of State


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