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Voters turned off from primary elections

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

The November election is less than three months away and there are a lot of key races up for grabs across Michigan.

Voter turn-out is historically much lower during mid-term election years and based on this week's primary, it's expected to be even lower this fall.

"I just haven't seen anybody who is worth my time to vote," Jennifer Herrick said.

Herrick said she's done with the political process and challenges politicians to clean up their campaigns.  

"You never see anything positive out of it," Herrick said.

Herrick was among eight out of 10 potential voters in Michigan who decided to bail on the ballots during the primary elections. 

"A lot of us don't really talk about it," Jessica Taylor said.

She said mud slinging is one reason why she thinks voters are turned off of primary elections.

"I just feel like people in our age group are just not interested in the government," Taylor said.

Salloum Hamd, owner of Saginaw Suits & Alterations, said residents should make time to study the positions candidates support.

"It's a free country. If you want to vote you can, if you don't want to vote fine. But it's much better if you vote," Hamd said.

Michigan has a population of nearly 10 million people, but during the primary elections only about 1.3 million showed up to vote.

"There were no hotly contested statewide ballot proposals," Sherrill Smith said.

She represents the League of Women Voters in Saginaw County. She said other issues may have contributed to an extremely low voter turn out. 

"Locally there weren't as many contested races. So that might've affected Saginaw County's turnout," Smith said.

The general elections will decide which candidates win an elected seat. So those running for elected office will be hitting the campaign trail pretty hard.

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