WESTSIDE: 'Michigan Chronicle' Measures Voter Turnout

Voters in the City of Detroit began visiting polling sites at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Many of those lining up to cast their ballots in the historic election were compelled by a number of factors, not the least of which was concern over controversial voter suppression laws and a deep rooted sense of the need to exercise their right to vote.
Michigan Chronicle staffers visited high traffic polling places on the city’s westside to put a collective finger on the pulse of  the public in the state’s midterm elections. Election site workers,  poll volunteers, and precinct voters reported that voter turnout, as was expected, had been relatively robust and those casting their ballots were more informed and eager to cast their ballots than in previous midterm election scenarios.
“Voting is very important and it allows us, the people to control how we want our government run. With the number of proposals that are out, it is important for us to understand them and their implications, as well as decide whether or not we want them passed,” explained one excited voter.
“This election has been touted as a referendum on how well President Obama is doing. But it’s more about how Congress is doing and whether or not we approve of the job they have done so far. But with all of the bi-partisanship issues and the way they have affected the president’s ability to govern so far, the midterm elections may very well be a determining factor in his political legacy,” said another dedicated Detroiter.
Political pundits have been advocating for months that the 2104 midterm elections may be the most important in recent history. Voter turnout at three key polling places on the city’s westside indicate that local citizens agree.
Chrysler Elementary School election workers reported that between 7 a.m.  and noon 243 people had already cast their ballots and they expected to see lines to swell as Detroiters left the work place and headed for the ballot box
Bow School saw 179 voters between the opening of the polls and noon, indicating that the voting demographic was younger and brought a new energy to the voting process.
Wayne County Community College poll workers also reported that a similar number of voters had visited the polling site, with 189 voters having turned in ballots by the lunch hour.

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