Are you voting in the upcoming election? Probably not.

By Alexis Howell
Listen Up, Lansing staff reporter

Although city general elections are coming up on Nov. 3, not all Lansing residents are voting. City Clerk Chris Swope said that he expects about 12,000-16,000 voters which is about 15-20 percent of those registered here. He said that unfortunately the turnout will be low, considering there are 80,000 people registered to vote. Swope said, “80,000 people registered to vote in the city of Lansing is probably pretty close to our voting age population, but in an odd year election, we just get a lot less voters show up than in a presidential election.”

Voter Turnout

As results begin to come in for the 2012 Michigan Republican Primary, Lansing area precinct workers agree that voter turnout was lower than expected. Chris Swope, Lansing city clerk, said he expected voter turnout to be higher. “It’s probably going to be around 10 percent, at least for the city of Lansing,” Swope said. “We expected more like 15 percent but it was closer to 10 percent.”

Ward three, precinct four worker Jaime Welch said she expected to see a lot more than 132 people vote throughout the day. “Usually we expect to see a lot more people in the morning before the usual work hours,” Jaime Welch said.