What does voter participation look like on Primary Day 2018? Depends on who you ask. 

“Every precinct is different,” says Angela Teamer, precinct chair of Precinct 1 in Farmington Hills. Normally those who live in the boundaries of that precinct would vote at a nearby elementary school, but due to work at the facility, the school couldn't handle the crowds. So Tuesday Precinct 1 voters shared the gymnasium at Orchard United Methodist Church with Precinct 2, which normally has the church to itself.

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As of 11 a.m., 120 voters had cast their ballots at Precinct 1. Comparisons to past years aren’t easy due to the change in venue, but poll workers considered that a slow start to the day. Voter Denise Fitzpatrick described voting as being “packed” at the school. 

“It’s not what we want yet,” Teamer said, noting that the expected lunch rush and the after work rush had yet to occur. “We’d love to have more people.”

On the other side of the gym, in Precinct 2, some 174 voters had voted by 11 a.m., said Walter McCoskey, precinct chair. That compared to 50 at this time in 2014 and just 32 compared to a similar timeframe in 2016.

“I’m astounded it’s that busy,” McCoskey said. 

Voter turnout appeared light at Grosse Pointe Park precincts 1 and 2, housed in the gymnasium of Trombley Elementary School on Beaconsfield Avenue near Jefferson Avenue and Alter Road. By 9 a.m., a little more than 400 people had cast ballots.

Isabel Peck, 24, was among them.

“I’m hoping people who are going to enact changes for the pro-life movement are elected today,” she said before heading into the polls. “I’m hoping people who are going to really look out for families win.”

Like Peck Macie Tuisasosopo, 30, arrived at the school to vote.

She said she wants people who will fix Michigan’s roads and boost the state’s educational system to win.

“Those are the big issues,” Tuisasosopo. “Insurance is a big priority, too.”

She said she cast her ballot for governor for Gretchen Whitmer.

Twitter: @CharlesERamirez

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