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High turnout and high humidity: county clerks on today’s primary Election Day

Several ballot boxes at an unknown polling location.

It’s primary Election Day in Michigan.

The races for governor, Congress, and the state Legislature all saw tough and divisive battles among candidates on both sides of the aisle. 

To see how voting is going around the state, we talked to a few of the people on the front lines: county clerks.

Stateside checked in with Ottawa County Clerk Justin Roebuck, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, and Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown on what turnout has been like so far.

“We’re about 5,000 over where we were in 2016, almost 8,000 over where we were in 2014 for the August primary,” said Roebuck. Byrum and Brown also reported strong turnout at their polling places.  

Listen above to hear the clerks’ reports on absentee ballots and what impact the weather can have on how long it takes to vote.

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