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Voters unfazed by COVID-19 restrictions at polling places

Lester Graham
Michigan Radio
At the Bridgewater Township Hall, Deputy Clerk Susan Ahrens says voters have not complained about wearing a mask and being socially distant.

Voting is light at many of the polling places across Michigan. Primary elections generally don’t pull as many voters. Also this year no-reason absentee voting has also contributed to a light turnout. Many people did not want to potentially expose themselves to the coronavirus.

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Voters visiting the Bridgewater Township polling place found blue markers every six feet to remind people to keep socially distant.

In Bridgewater Township in Washtenaw County, Deputy Clerk Susan Ahrens says everyone is wearing a mask and keeping six feet apart.

“It's been smooth. Everything's been running really good so far today,” Ahrens said.

The polling place provided masks for those who forgot theirs, as well as gloves and hand sanitizer.

In Tecumseh in Lenawee County, yellow markers spaced out every six feet went from the voting booths, out the door, and down the sidewalk, although voting was very light this morning.

Precinct One Chair Jan Nicholson says there have been no problems.

“We've had no complaints. No, as far as the COVID restrictions,” she said.

“It went very well. I felt very safe. And it was quick, easy in and out,” said Diana Paivanas, one of the few voters at the polling place.

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Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Public from 1998-2010.