'Very heavy' voter turnout at local polling locations - WNEM TV 5

'Very heavy' voter turnout at local polling locations

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Voters at Arthur Eddy in Saginaw (Source: WNEM, Nov. 8 2016) Voters at Arthur Eddy in Saginaw (Source: WNEM, Nov. 8 2016)
MID-MICHIGAN (WNEM) -

The day is here and it’s time to cast your vote for the next president.

Reports of heavy voter turnouts are flooding in from all over Mid-Michigan.

In Bay County, voter turnout is described as “very heavy” by County Clerk Cynthia Luczak. A clerk at Bangor Township said it was the “biggest turnout in 20 years.”

Midland and Genesee counties are also reporting a large amount of the community coming out to vote. 

Long lines were reported earlier at the Arthur Eddy voting site in Saginaw due to there being only one machine to take ballots. That machine got jammed early in the morning and was out of commission for about an hour.

"Having one machine is almost like a third world country. Considering this is a presidential election, that I fell that we can be better prepared. We've had 100 people walk out already that couldn't vote because they had to work so that's a very concerning number," said Eric Thompson, Saginaw resident.

Many polling locations reported a heavy turn-out in the morning before people went to work, with shorter lines early this afternoon.

Looking back at past presidential elections, the highest voter turnout since 1916 was when John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon in 1960.

More than 62 percent turned out to vote during the election.

The highest recorded voter turnout ever for a presidential election was in 1876 with 81.8 percent. In the disputed election, Rep. Rutherford B. Hayes defeated Dem. Samuel Tilden by one electoral vote.

In 2012, President Barrack Obama defeated Mitt Romney with a 54.9 percent voter turnout.

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