Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 2, 2013

Low voter turnout expected for Detroit primary


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — DETROIT (AP) — Detroit officials predict a 15- to 17-percent voter turnout for Tuesday's primary for mayor, City Council and other offices.

Elections Director Daniel Baxter says the turnout would be consistent with the 2009 primary for the same offices. Detroit has about 550,000 registered voters.

Baxter says his office expects to produce unofficial results early Wednesday, despite write-in candidates for mayor who have similar names.

Ex-medical center chief Mike Duggan (DUH'-gihn) is a write-in after being knocked off the ballot because he hadn't been a registered voter long enough before filing. Mike Dugeon (DUH'-zhihn) has since turned in paperwork for a write-in campaign.

Baxter says each variation of their names will be recorded and votes tallied for them. The county Board of Canvassers will do the official count of the write-in votes.