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.
“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.”