Bill and I just got back from casting our all important votes in downtown Grand Rapids for new mayor, city commissioner and the good ole' GRCC proposed increase (and no, we don't wear the stickers they give us when you leave just in case you were wondering).
We asked the poll workers how has turn out been? Their answer as of 3:30pm today, about average. They note it always picks up after work ends. As it stands so far, they believe the voter turnout is the same as previous years. The city clerk had predicted a higher than usual turnout. Unless everyone is waiting to show up after work, the numbers may not be as high as we had all hoped. Of course, absentee ballots help the final numbers. Low turnout in the city benefits some of the candidates and some of the issues, but not others. The final results will be very, very interesting.
We'll post further updates tonight as events warrant more information.
Editor, Local Area Watch