(WWJ) – Analysts are predicting a turnout of 20 percent or less as Michigan voters head to the ballot booth Tuesday to decide some races and millage proposals while paring down candidates in other political races.
One of the hottest issues in Metro Detroit is a millage increase in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties to support the Detroit Institute of Arts. If passed, the millage would reportedly cost a homeowner less than $20 a year with a home valued at about $200,000.
In Detroit, the primary is expected to draw a 10 to 15 percent voter turn-out, although election officials say participation could be higher in at least one part of the city due to a hotly contested race in the newly redrawn 14th Congressional District.
WWJ Newsradio 950′s Vickie Thomas spoke with Community Coalition Chairman Ernest Johnson who is urging all registered Detroit voters to participate on Tuesday.
“We don’t vote in the right numbers … like, the City Clerk’s saying, they’re looking for 15 percent turnout. That’s not acceptable,” said Johnson. ”You know, you go around the world and people (are) voting in long lines … That’s why we lose everything because we don’t vote. We gotta vote. There is nothing more important than getting out the vote.”
Do you know where to vote? Find your polling place and a sample ballot at this link. There, you’ll also find an election calendar, absentee voter information and instructions on how to use voting equipment.
Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. til 8 p.m.