DETROIT – Tuesday’s primary was a Michigan election like no other.
The casting of close to 1.6 million absentee ballots crushed absentee records for any previous primary and easily topped the 1.27 million absentee ballots cast in the November 2018 general election, formerly a record.
Though the overall turnout appeared strong for a primary, the precincts themselves were mostly quiet throughout the day and as the 8 p.m. time for polls to close approached.
Instead, any frenzy took place in nearby rooms where crews of poll workers hustled to count record numbers of absentee votes.
Many of those who did show up at the polls – amid a coronavirus pandemic and after Michigan’s 2018 approval of no-reason absentee voting – said it was because they felt most certain their vote would be counted if they stuck the ballot into the box themselves.
“I think it’s more secure,” said Marla Laurain,