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Voter Participation Encouraged Despite Low Turnout Prediction

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Voter Participation Encouraged Despite Low Turnout Prediction

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Aug 5, 2014

On the day before the primary elections, candidates were out campaigning the old fashioned way.

Curtis Hertel Jr. has knocked on almost thirty thousand doors in the past few months.

"In this day and age when we have so many choices out there, the most important thing you can do is actually talk to someone, look them in the eye, shake their hand and ask for their vote."

But it's not just to get support, it's to get voters to actually cast a vote.

Many people don't realize that about 80% of the local elections will be decided today.

Since there are no primary elections for the governor or senate races this year, analysts like Tom Shields say that might discourage people from going out.

"There's no candidate state wide that is driving out the voters, so then it's all down to the local elections," Shields said.

Local elections that get even less attention without big names on the ticket, and that makes a local candidate's job even harder.

Michigan Republicans and Democrats don't have any big initiatives in the primaries, so it's up to individual candidates to encourage people to go out and vote.

"The candidates are out on both sides, Democrats and Republicans, vying to hopefully win the primary and get their message out," Littell said.

And candidates like Hertel hope hitting the campaign trail will bring up that voter turnout.

 

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