Election officials report high voter turnout across Lansing area

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Voters check in at the voting precinct at the MSU Union. Voting at the remained at a steady pace throughout the day Tuesday.

Taylore Johnson

Voters check in at the voting precinct at the MSU Union. Voting at the remained at a steady pace throughout the day Tuesday.

Lansing area election officials expected higher than normal turnout in Tuesday’s midterm election, and it looks like voters met many of those expectations.

The Ingham County Clerk’s office had issued 35,389 absentee ballots, with about 85 percent of the ballots having been returned. In the last  midterm election in 2014, 19,631 absentee ballots were recorded.

Voters arrive at the voting precinct at Mount Hope Elementary School on Tuesday morning.

Taylore Johnson

Voters arrive at the voting precinct at Mount Hope Elementary School on Tuesday morning.

“I have high expectations for this year’s turnout,” Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope said.

Several transportions provided free or discounted rides to the polls. service, including the Capital Area Transportation Authority and ride-sharing service Lyft.

“I waited maybe 20-25 minutes to vote and it was worth it,” said Annie Piorunek, a voter from East Lansing. “I would have waited all night.”