County clerks ready for Tuesday's midterm election

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SAGINAW COUNTY, Mich. - Tomorrow is a big day for politics in Michigan. From deciding who will be our next governor, determining the fate of three major ballot proposals, to selecting lawmakers to push Michigan forward, Saginaw’s County Clerk Michael Hanley says he’s eager for election day.

“We are ready, it’s a little nerve wracking as we go into it. We’ve got newer voting equipment that’s been used in August but this will be the first general election with it,” said Hanley.

Hanley says he’s expecting close to 53 percent voter turnout at the polls and to put that into perspective for you, that’s nearly 45,000 people just in Saginaw County.

“Much more than the August election and much larger than most gubernatorial elections. It’s going to be approaching the proportions of a presidential election,” Hanley stated.

And Hanley says it’s unlikely there will be any problems at the polls.

That’s because state law requires every county to have a ballot for every registered voter.

But in the case there is an issue, Hanley says he’ll be on standby.

“Clerks are a special breed. We’re used to dealing with crisis and we hope that it doesn’t happen tomorrow, but if it does, we’re going to take a deep breath and we’re going to get through it together,” he said.

The county clerk also wants to remind voters that you are allowed to have an index card with you that says who you’re voting for to eliminate time in the polls.

He also says it’s important for voters to fill in the ovals completely on their ballot otherwise it will be invalid.


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