A record number of voters cast ballots in a historic Election Day. The ‘Gander photographers were stationed across Michigan to capture the experience.
As the sun rose on Michigan’s State Capitol, The ‘Gander was there to capture the beginning of the final day of the most historic election in modern history.
Michigan State University (MSU) students stood in socially distanced lines to cast their ballots at the on-campus precinct.
MSU’s chapter of the NAACP invested their time—and Little Caesars pizza—in making Election Day a little more full for student voters.
Students from MSU’s chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity came to make a statement and keep students engaged in the political process.
This poll worker at the First Presbyterian Church “masked up” to protect himself from the coronavirus, while executing his duties as an election inspector.
Crowds of voters cast ballots during the earliest parts of the day, like this scene from a precent on South Washington in Lansing.
Meanwhile in Detroit, Sen. Kamala Harris’ plane touched down and Franz Knight was there to capture the moment she stepped off the plane.
‘Gander photographers were deployed across southeastern Michigan to capture the day of historic voting, but Franz Knight spent the day trailing the Harris motorcade with other members of the local press.
The vantage point allowed us to capture Sen. Harris as she spoke directly to voters in Detroit.
But it was Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist who got to show the vice-presidential hopeful how to “stand tall” at a stop at Detroit’s Great Grace Temple, an iconic Black church.
Members of Michigan’s Democratic leadership joined Harris on her final tour of the city as a vice presidential candidate. Here, she’s pictured with Sen. Gary Peters (left of Harris), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (immediate right of Harris), and Rep. Brenda Lawrence (far right) at a union rally in Southfield.
In Midtown, election inspectors at Wayne State University reported an increased number of “thank yous” coming from the electorate for their work.
Michigan voters made sure they were properly masked and styled for the historic election.
But even as the sun set on one of election 2020’s key battleground states…
…Democracy would continue to work well into the night.
These Detroit voters lined up by car to drop off their ballots at the Department of Elections.
They made statements with their ballots and with their protective gear.
Lines outside turned into impromptu neighborhood conversations as voters took advantage of the warm night.
Cautious Michiganders even did their best to socially distance themselves in cars as they dropped off late-night absentee ballots.
On Detroit’s west side, voters and neighbors alike turned the night into a celebration with food trucks and goodies for everyone.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson asked voters to be patient, but was proud of the record-breaking voter turnout for the unprecedented election.
Election results across Michigan are expected by Friday as ballot counters work around the clock to tally final results.