Michigan voting precincts running out of ballots amid high turnout: reports
Several polling locations around Michigan ran out of ballots amid Tuesday’s primary elections, WZZM-TV reported.
Officials attributed some of the ballot shortages to increased turnout. Polls around the state are scheduled to close at 9 p.m. EST. Although one precinct in Plainfield Township reported that Democratic ballots ran out due to a miscommunication with the Kent County clerk’s office causing them to be mistakenly delivered to another location.
According to Think Progress, voters at a polling location in Flint had to wait for an hour or when Democratic primary ballots ran out, or choose to be notified at home when more ballots were available.
“Absolutely there’s more interest this year,” said Loyce Driskell, a local elections coordinator, who attributed the upswing in turnout to the city’s water crisis, as well as a Democratic Party debate in the city last weekend.
“I just think that Flint is on the map for the world to see and I just think all of that has really gotten voters to turn out,” she said.