Michigan voters head to the polls

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

Those monitoring the polls in Berrien County said voter turnout was pretty good...

“Pretty good. There’s been a light turnout; it would be nice if there were more people,” Ray Jensen, says. He was outside the polls promoting Ron Paul.

In St. Joseph County, election officials described their numbers as decent...

“I think it’s been decent. It’s a little better than some people were expecting. It’s pretty typical for a presidential primary,” Lindsay Howes, the Three Rivers Clerk tells us.

And in Cass County, workers said it could be worse...

“It’s been quite slow but it’s been picking up in the last hour two hours,” election official Shirley Layin tells us.
But it could worse. “I remember years ago I worked a vote. All day long there were fifteen votes that’s how bad it was,” Layin adds.

Some of those who did show up for a slow day at Michigan’s polls were hoping their choice could help change a slowing state economy.

“The economy is number one. The war is insignificant to me. We have issues here at home that we have to deal with,” says Joye Briggs of Three Rivers.

When Briggs says at home, she means at her home.

”My husband and I are both working temporary jobs with no health care insurance. We’re in between the gap. There’s no eligibility for health care insurance. Our kids cannot get in to see a doctor,” Briggs tells NewsCenter 16.

And many voters, in the state with the highest unemployment rate in the nation, agreed with Briggs. In an exit poll many Michigan voters said the economy was the most important issue for this election.
It’s an issue they hope the candidates hear weather the states delegates are recognized or not.

”I hope I’m sending a message on the issues I think are important. That’s why I picked the candidate I did,” Briggs says of the ballot she cast.


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