Polls in most of Michigan close at 8 p.m. EST, and the August primary closes on Tuesday. fights
Hundreds of thousands of Michigan voters returned absentee ballots before Election Day, and election officials statewide had received more than a million absentee ballots by Tuesday morning, according to the secretary of state’s office.
Absentee voters must return their ballots by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Polling stations that serve in-person voters are also closed, but those in line before 8 p.m. can still vote.
Although voting ends at 8 p.m. EST, the vast majority of the state, in four Michigan counties in the Central Time Zone — Dickinson, Gogebic, Iron and Menominee counties — is still in action for another hour.
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After the polls close and election workers finish counting absentee ballots, you can follow the unofficial results by visiting the Freep.com homepage or by clicking this link.
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Whitmer ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, making the GOP gubernatorial primary the only statewide contest.
Voters also turned out in congressional and state primaries on Tuesday. While there are many contested seats in Michigan, Tuesday will likely decide who will represent voters in many safe Democratic and Republican districts.
Election results and results, which are reported after election workers have finished processing and counting the ballots, are unofficial. In the coming weeks, precinct election commissions, made up of two Democrats and two Republicans, will review the election materials, sign off on the vote totals and certify all the results of the races in the district. They have two weeks to do that work.
The state board of elections then meets to approve statewide contests and elections that cross county lines. The state board, which also includes two Democrats and two Republicans, must meet by Aug. 22. determine results elections.
Clara Hendrickson examines Michigan issues and politics as a corps member with Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project. Make a tax-deductible contribution to support her work bit.ly/freepRFA. Contact her on tel [email protected] or 313-296-5743. Follow her on Twitter @clarajanehen.