Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 4, 2013

Light turnout expected Tuesday

By BRIAN McGILLIVARY bmcgillivary@record-eagle.com
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Area voters should not face long waits to cast ballots Tuesday since election officials predict a light turnout.

Polls open at 7 a.m.

Traverse City City Clerk Benjamin Marentette said average voter turnout for an odd-year election in the city is about 30 percent. That compares to 70 percent of registered voters who cast ballots for the 2012 November presidential election.

Marentette said typically the busiest times at the polls are from 7 a.m. until 8 a.m. when people stop on their way to work and from 6 p.m. until polls close at 8 p.m.

The city should have a higher turnout than the rest of the county because of the city commission election, said Grand Traverse County Clerk Bonnie Scheele. She expects about 17 percent of Grand Traverse voters to cast ballots in this election, similar to the turnout for the most recent county-wide special election held in August.

Scheele recommends voters use the Michigan Voter Information Center at https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/mivote/ to view sample ballots and find maps to direct them to their polling location.