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Turnout Low As Voters Cast Primary Ballots

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vote sign Turnout Low As Voters Cast Primary BallotsLow turnouts are being reported as Michigan voters cast ballots in a primary election that will determine which two gubernatorial candidates face off in November.

Voters on Tuesday also will decide several contested congressional races. All 148 seats in the state Legislature are on the line, along with local millage proposals. Five Republicans and two Democrats were campaigning Tuesday morning in hopes of winning a few more votes.

Republicans include businessman Rick Snyder, Attorney General Mike Cox, U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard and state Sen. Tom George. The Democratic candidates are Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and House Speaker Andy Dillon.

The secretary of state estimates 1.7 million voters will turn out, or about 23 percent. In Detroit, elections officials predict turnout will be 12 to 17 percent.

Keep in mind with the primary election you cannot split tickets in partisan races, you can only vote for candidates for one party. Also remember to bring a photo ID. However, if you don’t have one, you can sign an affidavit and still vote.

Polls close at 8:00 tonight. Election results will be available all night long on WWJ Newsradio 950 and WWJ.com.

© MMX WWJ Radio, All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to his report.

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