The Aug. 3 primary election is predicted to yield a light voter turnout. Detroit’s 2008 presidential election saw a high voter turnout of 55 percent, according to the Department of Elections.
City Clerk Janice Winery forecast voter turnout between 12 to 17 percent this Tuesday.
“I am always planning for and always like 95 percent, but reality is we’re planning for a smaller turnout for this election,” said Winfrey.
Detroit has 567,002 registered voters, a drop from 626,000 in 2009.
“There is a voter fatigue being felt nationally as we look at other major cities and state election turnout for primaries,” said Winfrey.
In June, only 5 percent of Mississippi voters cast ballots in the statewide primary.
“The city of Detroit will do way better than that,” said Winfrey. “I don’t know if you would call it fatigue, but some people just are not interested in voting for some sad reason.”
According to the City Clerk’s Office, 34 polling locations have changed for this upcoming election. All voters should have received a new voter’s registration card as well as Election Connection newsletter information which has their new polling location on it, said Winfrey.
“There is no excuse and no reason an individual should not be in the correct polling location,” said Winfrey.
Absentee ballots are available for eligible voters who will be away on Election Day. The City Clerk’s Office has mailed about 33,000 ballots as of last week but plans to mail 340,500 by Election Day. The City Clerk noted that there are no fire button issues that would make voters “run to the polls.”
“Expressing your Democratic freedoms is important and paramount, no matter what,” she said.
With gubernatorial, congressional and state senate sets up for grabs, residents have many reasons to vote, said Winfrey.
The Aug. 3 election showcases the Detroit area congressional race between incumbent Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick and State Senator Hansen Clarke, one of several challengers in district 13th District.
Glance at August 3 election
Top vote-getters will move on to Nov. 2 general election.