Detroit polls quiet on primary election day

Detroit City Clerk's office predicting very low voter turnout

By Lisa Ray, Roger Weber - Reporter

DETROIT - Outside the precincts across Detroit voters passed a gauntlet of campaign workers Tuesday.

Inside those same buildings the precincts looked empty -- very different from the 2012 presidential election.

Pastor Barak Holmes said, "When I came for Obama I was three hours in line. This morning I was the only person in line."

Rain fell briefly Tuesday morning but most of the day the weather was perfect.  The city clerk's office predicts a voter turnout as low as 12 percent and as high as 17 percent.

Complete list: Detroit mayoral primary election candidates

Most of the mayoral candidates cast their ballots between seven and eight o'clock this morning before returning to the campaign trail.

Whoever wins in November will take the oath of office but not the reins of power. An emergency manager will be calling the shots during at least part of the new mayor's term

Voter Javien Adams said, "You don't know when that mayors going to have any power. It is important to have someone in place who can continue to move the city forward."

Unlike previous elections, the write-in vote will play a major role. In addition, for the first time in nearly 100 years people are choosing council members by districts.

Survey: 40 percent of Detroit voters to write in mayoral candidate 

Decision 2013: Election results from across metro Detroit

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