Expect a long night on Tuesday
If you hope to see early election results on Tuesday evening, it’s not looking too good.
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said this week it could take one or two days before results are in.
Blame it on absentee ballots.
Benson will blame the delay on the Legislature for not passing bills to allow election workers to count absentee ballots before election day. Some in the Legislature will counter that the election process has worked just fine until now, when Benson sent out applications for absentee ballots to all registered voters several months ago, which, in turn, caused a swell of early voting.
The good news, as we see this situation, is that, as of mid-week, nearly 1 million absentee ballots had been cast in Michigan.
When you consider that, in August 2016, almost 1.4 million voted, already, state residents have drawn close to that figure before anyone heads to the polls.
As of mid-week, 1,977,095 requests had been made for an absentee ballot. That compares to 2016, when 540,271 had been requested.
All this will make for a very interesting, and long night for election workers come Tuesday.
As a reminder, Tuesday is a primary, and, thus, voters will not be allowed to switch parties with their ballot.
Once you know which party candidates you want to vote for, stick within that party the rest of the ballot.
Of course millage questions and ballot issues are non-partisan, and everyone will have a say in them.
Get out and vote. Now, more than ever, let your opinion be heard.
(THE ALPENA NEWS)