From college students to seniors, everyone has different reasons to vote on Election Day in Michigan

Being an informed voter was top of mind

WESTLAND, Mich. – Whether you’re a college student voting for the first time or a senior citizen keeping a tradition intact, everyone has different reasons for participating in the 2022 midterm election.

The long lines point to a record-setting day.

Voter: “I’m a little nervous, though.”

Priya Mann: “Why?”

Voter: “Because they keep saying how everything is so close; I just hope everybody just gets out there and go votes. I’m nervous a little bit.”

A steady stream of voters made their way into a polling station in Westland as the 2022 midterm election has so much at stake.

“I’m glad to see so many people here,” said the man. “That makes me feel better.”

“I was very excited by how welcoming they were, and everyone was paying attention to everybody, and that’s the best part about it,” said a woman.”

A retired high school science teacher in Detroit has been walking to her polling station for decades.

“I just thought this is something I have to do, and I been here every year, didn’t skip a year because if you don’t participate, you don’t know what’s going on,” said Lilian L. Smith.

Smith, who is 92 years old, said she always comes prepared.

“I had those fliers in front of me when I voted, and I was reading what it said about each one,” Smith said.

Being an informed voter was top of mind for many.

“I already know who I’m voting for, and I feel good about it,” the man said. “Hopefully, it turns out the way I expect.”

Polls will close at 8 p.m., but you can cast your vote if you’re in line by closing time.

Read: Here’s what’s driving voters across Metro Detroit to polls on Election Day

About the Authors:

Priya joined WDIV-Local 4 in 2013 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Education: B.A. in Communications/Post Grad in Advanced Journalism

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.