Clerks Say Voter Turnout Steady Around State 11-02-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Clerks Say Voter Turnout Steady Around State 11-02-2010

County clerks around Michigan said voter turnout is pretty strong.
Solving Michigan's job losses, poor economy and projected $1 billion budget deficit are on the minds of many voters as they cast ballots statewide for new leadership in the governor's and other key offices.
Locally, polling places report a steady stream of voters and in some places, turnout has been described as "fantastic."
In Saginaw Township alone, officials report 60 percent of registered voters have done so.
Kent County Clerk Mary Hollinrake said 55 percent to 60 percent of voters are also expected to show up at the polls Tuesday.
About 50 percent turnout was expected in Saginaw and Emmet counties.
Emmet County Clerk Gail Martin said there are no weather conditions in northern lower Michigan that would hamper anybody from voting. She said it's been steady since early this morning.
Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land estimates about 3.8 million voters across the state will turn out for Tuesday's election, 52 percent of Michigan's 7.3 million registered voters.
Meanwhile, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder says he plans to bring a "attitude of crisis" to Lansing if elected.
Snyder spoke Tuesday at a Detroit hotel where the Michigan Republican Party is holding its Election Night gathering.
His Democratic opponent is Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, who is fighting to stage a surprise win over the better-funded Snyder.
Snyder says he's not taking the election for granted but would "hit the ground running" on Jan. 1.
He says the state has been in an economic crisis so long that it doesn't know how to act with determination.
Tuesday marks the first gubernatorial race in eight years with no incumbent.
Term limits prevent Democrat Jennifer Granholm from seeking a third four-year term. Three third-party candidates also are running.
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