More Voters Cast Ballots In Primary Than Expected, But Turnout Still Low

Aug 6, 2014

More than 82% of all registered voters sat out Michigan’s primary election this week.

As Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher reports, Democrats want to make sure voter turnout isn’t dismally low in November.

Some political observers thought there could be a historically low number of voters at the polls in this week’s primary. Although the number wasn’t quite that low – they say it’s still troubling. Low voter turnout in non-presidential elections usually favors Republicans – especially more conservative candidates.

Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson says they’re focusing on turning out voters in November.

“It starts with, most importantly, good candidates. And we’ve got good candidates,” he says.  “We’re united to go after… and deliver a good message to those voters.”

Many observers expect low voter turnout in Michigan’s November election as well.