Imlay City resident Colleen Finkbeiner feeds her ballot into the voting machine early Tuesday. Election workers reported that the voter turnout could reach record proportions by the end of voting at 8 p.m. photo by Tom Wearing.
November 05, 2008
TRI-CITY AREA — More than 50 people had already squeezed into the outer vestibule at the Imlay City Hall polling place by 6:30 a.m. yesterday morning, all waiting to cast ballots in what is widely being touted as an historic election.
"We had more people here at 6:30 a.m. than we've had vote in some elections," clerk Jan Zuhlke said. "It's been steady since we opened the doors. I wish it was like this all the time."
Veteran election worker Diane Malczewski noted that more than 200 people had voted at the Imlay City polling site by 9 a.m.
Local residents turned out in huge numbers Tuesday to elect a new U.S. president, along with federal, state and local officials.
Also on the Michigan ballot were proposals to ease the regulations on stem cell research and another to allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to ease the pain for some patients.
In Lapeer County, voters were asked to elect a new 82nd District House representative, a prosecutor, road commissioner, treasurer and circuit court judge.
In St. Clair County, the ballot featured races for the 81st District House of Representatives, sheriff, drain commissioner and county commissioner. By mid-morning, polling stations throughout the area were reporting what had been expected to be a large turnout of voters.