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Ironwood sees increase in absentee ballots for presidential primary

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: March 10, 2020 10:49 PM

Ironwood had three precincts make their way to the polls all day Tuesday to cast their vote for the presidential primary. This year Ironwood city clerk Karen Gullan said they had 5,015 registered voters.

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Back in 2016, she said they had an average of 30 percent voter turnout. Tuesday's voter turnout was at about 16 percent.

This year was special for voting in a primary in Michigan because since the last big race in 2016, voters approved some big changes to the voting process that folks got to use in this year’s primary like no-reason absentee voting and same-day voter registration.

Ironwood had approximately a dozen and a half same day registrations. Absentee ballot requests went up 80 percent in Michigan compared to the 2016 presidential primary.

"I figured we would have had a little bit more voter turnout. We had a lot more absent voter ballots this time with Michigan voting in the no reason absentee. We have three times as many absentee ballots as we've had in the past," said Gullan.

Gullan said Ironwood had 147 absentee ballots and back in 2016 they had 57.

Also, a number of voters submitted new absentee ballots after several democratic candidates dropped out of the race. Gullan said they had very few people change their vote in Ironwood.

Former vice president Joe Biden has a lead in national pledged delegates on the democratic side and took the win in Michigan with 125 delegates. 

A lot of states in the primary also took precautionary measures to stay safe from the new coronavirus. Ironwood had hand sanitizers at hand for voters and were wiping down pens.

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