Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 5, 2013

Voter turnout steady, strong


— TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City voters are making their way to the polls today to cast their ballots on high-profile local races and ballot questions.

City Clerk Benjamin Marentette said voting was going "smoothly" at all nine city polling locations and turnout was already 16 percent, including absentee ballots, as of 10 a.m. He said the city was on track for a 40 percent turnout, higher than average for an off-year election.

"We've got a steady turnout," he said.

Rich Kraemer walked out of the Precinct 3 polling station at the Traverse City History Center and said it was important to support millages for TCAPS and road work. He said he cast his ballot in support of Michael Estes in defiance of the "disturbing" possibility the state could remove the mayor from office after an Oct. 23 drunken driving arrest.

"Everybody makes a mistake, especially when it comes to alcohol," Kraemer said. "If he admits his mistake and takes steps to correct it, I don't think he should be driven out of office."

Marentette said polls likely will be busiest between 6 and 8 p.m. and suggested voters try to vote before then. Polls close at 8 p.m., but voters standing in line by then will be allowed to vote.