What you need to know about voting Tuesday

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Tuesday is primary election day across Michigan. Here's what registered voters need to know:

  • Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • You must vote for one party's candidates only; ticket-splitting is only allowed in November's general election.
  • Bring a picture ID. Failure to have one will mean you'll need to sign an affidavit swearing you have one.
  • Cell phones are not allowed in voting booths.
  • If you don't know where to vote, call your county clerk or check on their website.

Sue deSteiguer, the Kent County clerk's director of elections, expects a turnout of less than 30 percent. She says in many races, the primary election is a more significant vote in determining who the eventual office holder will be.

"They refer to the November one as the big one or the important one, but many, many times that candidate that's nominated in the primary will go on, in certain areas that are predominately one partisan or the other, and get elected."


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