You may have noticed the polls were more crowded than usual yesterday. Turnout in Washtenaw County was much higher than expected.
The county has almost 268,000 registered voters. Nearly 107,000 cast a vote yesterday, putting turnout just a hair shy of 40%.
According to the county elections director, typical turnout for presidential primary elections is 15-20%. Ed Golembiewski did anticipate that the list of candidates would generate bigger interest than that, but certainly not 40%.
Earlier this week, he told WEMU he thought turnout would be between 30-35%.