What the polls looked like on Michigan’s Primary Election Day

Increase in absentee ballots reported

Michigan had a low turnout of in-person voting as 1 million people voted through absentee ballots. However, issues still arose at some voting locations. For more information: https://www.clickondetroit.com/.
Michigan had a low turnout of in-person voting as 1 million people voted through absentee ballots. However, issues still arose at some voting locations. For more information: https://www.clickondetroit.com/.

DETROIT – The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had an impact on the political process and that has been clear to see during the Michigan Primary on Tuesday.

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Polling places look very different and there has been a massive increase in absentee ballots. Consumer Investigator Hank Winchester has been monitoring how things are going.

Many people were wearing masks and hand sanitizer was made available for voters. Even with concerns about COVID-19, many voters still went out and made sure to cast their ballot.

There were a handful of locations that opened late. At Dixon Learning Academy and Cooke Elementary, there weren’t workers in place on Tuesday morning. The issue has since been resolved.

READ: Many Michigan residents still vote in-person for primary

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said she couldn’t have predicted a primary election day like this one. She said her focus was on safety, making sure masks and hand sanitizer was available.

READ: Michigan Secretary of State addresses concerns ahead of primary election

There were minor issues on Primary Day in Michigan.
There were minor issues on Primary Day in Michigan.
Monitoring polling places in Metro Detroit during COVID-19 pandemic
Monitoring polling places in Metro Detroit during COVID-19 pandemic

About the Author:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.