Record Voter Turnout Expected in Michigan

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According to Michigan’s Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson, “turnout is robust” in areas across the Great Lakes States and could achieve a record.

The March presidential primary already shattered a four-decade record with 2.5 million voters.

MLive quotes Johnson saying absentee ballot returns are 18 percent over typical elections. Long lines were reported in Grand Rapids, where Donald Trump made a late-night campaign stop on Monday, and in Detroit.

Detroit polling places reported “disorganization,” ballot outages, and frustrated voters giving up and leaving. One Detroit voter was unable to leave a polling place on the east side of the city, because his hand got stuck in a voting machine.

However, Johnson said of overall performance by voting machines: “So far, so good.”

“Things turned heated in Ypsilanti Township, southeast of Ann Arbor, where two voters got into an altercation about their respective candidates. A man ended up shoving one woman, with another woman spitting at people after a group of 5-6 people  started to yell,” MLive reports.

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