Michiganders from city to suburb, and everything in between, cast their ballots for the primary on Tuesday. Photos by Franz Knight
Michiganders from city to suburb, and everything in between, cast their ballots for the primary on Tuesday. Photos by Franz Knight

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. 

This Detroit voter arrived early Tuesday morning to drop off his absentee ballot.
Photo by Franz Knight
Biking has become a popular mode of transportation to the polls this year.
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Others didn’t even have to leave their cars to vote this election. 

A voter arrives to a Dearborn drop off location.
Photo by Franz Knight

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. 

Dearborn polling locations provided hand sanitizer for voters.
Photo by Franz Knight

Poll workers were in place to help with in-person voting, though many precincts stayed fairly empty. 

Signs at Detroit’s Frederick Douglass Academy encouraged social distancing.
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The day began slowly at the Murray Wright High School polling location in Detroit.
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Many Michiganders told The ‘Gander they felt safer voting by mail. 

This woman donned her mask to drop off her absentee ballot in Detroit.
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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.

A Detroit polling location scrambles to ready a ramp to make the building accessible to all voters.
Photo by Franz Knight.

Fam, voting is fucked up in the city of Detroit today and it is a disgrace. People are honestly out here trying to vote…

Posted by Eric Thomas on Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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.

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For many younger voters, like Ayache, this is their first time ever voting with an absentee ballot, allowing her to have more time to campaign for her candidates as she joins one of many volunteers outside of Frederick Douglas Prep Academy.
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Take a look at more photos from across the region: 

Election workers at the St. John the Baptist church in Dearborn Heights are protecting themselves with more than the normal PPE as they use desk shields and more for the local primaries.
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Masked and ready, campaigners set up outside of St. John the Baptist Church early.
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Anticipating a tremendous increase in absentee ballots for this election, clearly marked signs at city clerk’s offices help direct everyone to the drop-off boxes.
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Many voters in Dearborn opted to drop off their absentee ballots at the city clerk’s office. It’s widely anticipated that a larger majority of voters will be taking advantage of this provision.
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Voters both young and old, across numerous cities, especially in Detroit, are taking advantage of the official ballot drop box, like this one in front of the Coleman A. Young center, to limit any potential exposure, and vote safely.
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Volunteers at Frederick Douglass College Prep Academy are practicing social distancing, protecting themselves and others with appropriate PPE, and making sure to stay safe while campaigning outside of polling stations.
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Many polling stations, such as the one set up at the entrance of the Frederick Douglass College Prep Academy, asked voters to wash their hands first, make use of the hand sanitizers, and also to wear masks so as to protect themselves and others.
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Benjamin Pollatz heeds the call for additional help, as the number of volunteers have drastically reduced since the last elections. He is spending his last day of vacation working as an election official at the Christ Church of Redford.
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In addition to the precautions suggested for social distancing, the workers at Frederick Douglas Prep Academy are armed with PPE and appropriate tools to make their working environment safe.
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Campaign volunteers for safely promote their candidates to the voters outside of the polling location at Frederick Douglass Prep Academy.
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Election workers are working hard to ensure that voting is accessible at all locations, to everyone, including installing this wheelchair accessible ramp at the Frederick Douglass College Prep academy.
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For many, voting together continues to be a tradition as they come together with the suggested safety measures.
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Despite the larger number of people taking advantage of Absentee Ballots, a few still choose to vote in person at the polls.
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Workers at the Christ Church of Redford are being diligent in sanitizing and wiping down the voting booths after each and every use to keep the environment safe and clean, so voters can be confident in a safe environment.
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Despite it being a slower day at the polls, volunteers remain vigilant, practicing social distancing, and continue to campaign for their candidates safely.
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Many voters are still ecstatic to show off their stickers and take part in the electorate process. Though it’s their first time voting during a pandemic, they show up prepared, masked, and excited to vote.
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