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The August 4th primary elections will be the first in Washtenaw County since no-reason absentee voting was approved in Michigan in last November's general election.  Add in COVID-19, and this is a much different election kind of election.  89.1 WEMU's David Fair checked in with Washtenaw County director of elections Ed Golembiewski about all that is and still need to be done before the polls open next Tuesday. 

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There was only one countywide ballot initiative to be decided in Tuesday's elections in Washtenaw County.  That, coupled with time of year, may be why of the roughly 291-thousand registered voters, only a little more than 28-thousand cast a ballot.  89.1 WEMU's David Fair caught up with Washtenaw County director of elections Ed Golembiewski to discuss low turnout and what to expect come the November elections.

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This week on "In the Public Interest," Margaret Leary and Cheryl Depner from the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area do an election recap.  What was voter turnout, locally and nationally?  What happens next now that several statewide ballot proposals were approved? 

They talk with 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry about that and more.

Bob Eccles

Tuesday is election day, and Washtenaw County officials are getting ready for higher-than-usual turnout. About 48 percent of eligible voters are expected to participate this year.

That's two percent more than the last mid-term election.

Washtenaw County Director of Elections Ed Golembiewski says they're also expecting more voters to use absentee ballots than ever before.

Bob Eccles

More voters cast ballots in primary than expected, but turnout still low

More than 82 percent of all registered voters sat out Michigan's primary election this week.

That's not the all-time low some observers predicted before the election, but they say the number is still dismal. And many of them expect low voter turnout again for Michigan's general election in November.

Don't Expect Much Company At The Polls Today

Aug 5, 2014

Historic low voter turnout possible in Tuesday's primary

Voters head to the polls Tuesday for Michigan's primary election. Some observers say there could be a historically low number of people casting ballots.

"I think what we're seeing is we could have an election where we have about 13% to 15.1% of the people that are going to make a decision about what happens in the state on election day," said Matt Marsden with RevSix Data Systems, which is tracking absentee ballots.

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Low turnout likely with no marquee statewide race 

A lack of contested statewide races at the top of Michigan's primary ballot means turnout will be low - possibly extremely low.