Officials project voter turnout of 8 to 10 percent in Ann Arbor primary election
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Ann Arbor city officials are projecting voter turnout of 8 to 10 percent Tuesday for the primary election.
Voters in the city’s 3rd and 4th wards are casting their ballots Tuesday in Democratic primary races for two seats on Ann Arbor City Council. Council members serve two-year terms.
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In the 4th Ward, Council Member Marcia Higgins is facing challenger Jack Eaton for her seat. Higgins has served 14 years on council. Eaton, a longtime 4th Ward resident, is a labor attorney in Southfield.
As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, voter turnout was about 5 percent — including the 1,100 in-person votes that had been cast and 884 absentee ballots that had been returned, said Jackie Beaudry, clerk for the city of Ann Arbor.
In the 3rd Ward, 479 absentee ballots were issued to voters and 405 had been returned as of 2 p.m.
In the 4th Ward, 574 absentee ballots were issued to voters and 479 had been returned as of 2 p.m.
Beaudry said clerk’s office staff will be checking the mail for absentee ballots Tuesday evening as well.
In Ypsilanti Township, where three tax increases and a millage renewal are on the ballot for voter approval, voter turnout was "extremely low" Tuesday, said Karen Lovejoy Roe, township clerk. She could not provide an estimate of turnout, however.
As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, 2,003 absentee ballots had been returned to the township clerk's office out of the 2,244 that were issued for the primary election.
Polls close at 8 p.m. Voters using absentee ballots have until that time to submit them to the clerk.
Check AnnArbor.com Tuesday night for election results as they are released.