Michigan voters found out Aug. 4 that the new normal for casting a ballot could be as simple as driving up to a collection box.
Michigan’s Primary Election Tuesday is seeing the largest number of absentee ballots in the state’s history. In Genesee County, 60% of voters cast their absentee ballots before the polls even opened. In years before the pandemic, absentee ballot turnout averaged just 15%.
We’ve got your look at how voting has happened all across communities in Michigan Aug. 4.
Michigan’s Primary: In Photos
With outdoor ballot boxes all across cities, voters walked and biked to cast their vote.
Others didn’t even have to leave their cars to vote this election.
For those who didn’t vote absentee, polls looked a little different this year inside, too. Hand sanitizer was a staple along with signs encouraging distancing.
Poll workers were in place to help with in-person voting, though many precincts stayed fairly empty.
Many Michiganders told The ‘Gander they felt safer voting by mail.
Some communities had hiccups this Election Day.
In Detroit, some polling locations opened late due to no-show workers, and there were claims of changing voters’ polling locations without notification.
Marwa Ayache decided to forgo the mail in Dearborn Heights and dropped off her ballot instead.
“I wanted to be sure it counted,” said the 22-year-old high school teacher.
Take a look at more photos from across the region: