Land estimates state voter turnout

Published 9:31 pm Monday, August 2, 2004

By Staff
LANSING - Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land released her estimate of voter turnout for Tuesday's primary at close to 1.4 million voters.
Currently, there are 6,916,340 residents who are registered and eligible to vote. This reflects an increase of 131,016 over the last year. Michigan's voting age population totals 7.5 million, of which 91.7 percent are registered to vote.
Michigan's geographic and population size make it the largest state to administer elections on the city, township and village level as opposed to the county or state level.
There are nearly 7,079 jurisdictions nationwide that accept voter registrations and conduct elections, and Michigan is home to 1,775 of them (1,242 townships, 272 cities and 261 villages) – and 25 percent of the nation's election officials.
Land reminds voters participating in the primary that they must cast their ballots under one political party. Casting votes in a partisan primary for both Republican and Democratic candidates invalidates the partisan section of the primary ballot. Non-partisan offices and proposals appear after the partisan section of the ballot. The polls are open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Those interested in more information about their ballot or polling place are encouraged to visit
Michigan residents can obtain an emergency absent voter ballot through 4 p.m. on election day, if they become suddenly ill, or if they must leave their community due to sickness or death in the family.
All absent voter ballots must be received by the clerk's office no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3. For more information, contact your local clerk's office.
The Secretary of State's Bureau of Elections will monitor election returns and will post unofficial results for state and judicial offices, as they are available, on its Web site.
Go to and click on "Elections in Michigan."
Michigan Election Facts
Residents were casting ballots well before Michigan's statehood in 1837. Little known details of Michigan's election past, compiled in the books "Michillaneous I" and "Michillaneous II" by Gary W. Barfknecht, reveal that:
The first election in Michigan was conducted in 1792. Though Michigan was part of the United States, the British still occupied several forts. The British allowed Michigan voters to select representatives to the Provincial Assembly of Upper Canada.
Michigan's first participation in an American election was in 1798. Voters in Detroit verbally announced their choices for a delegate to the Northwest Territory Assembly.
On Nov. 8, 1836, Michigan residents voted for the first time in a U.S. presidential election and helped to put Martin Van Buren in office.
The first women to vote in Michigan were Mary Wilson of Battle Creek and Nanette Gardner of Detroit, who managed to cast ballots in the 1871 elections. In 1919, Michigan was the first state to ratify to 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.
Michigan initiated the secret ballot in 1891.
Voting machines were first authorized for use in 1893.