Primary election day arrives

Voters check in to the voting booths at the Baraga Gym below Marquette City Hall early this morning in Marquette. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)

MARQUETTE — Registered voters in the city of Marquette may find themselves in one of three polling places for the Michigan primary election that takes place today.

Polling stations within Marquette include: Baraga Gym, which is located in the lower level of city hall at 300 W. Baraga Ave., for precincts 1, 2 and 3; the Municipal Service Center at 1100 Wright St. for precinct 4; and the YMCA of Marquette County, which is located at 401 E. Fair Ave. for precincts 5, 6 and 7.

Marquette County Clerk Linda Talsma said a series of tests has ensured that all of the voting machines are accurate.

“We prepare for every election by doing a public accuracy test to make sure the (voting) machines are working properly,” Talsma said.

Talsma said she hopes this midterm primary election will have a greater turnout than the last, which, in 2016, saw roughly 30 percent of the county’s registered voters casting ballots.

“I’d love to see about a 60 percent turnout, at least,” she added.

Around Marquette County, registered voters can cast their ballots at a wide number of polling stations starting at 7 a.m. until the polls close at 8 p.m.

More key voter information can be found at www.michigan.gov/sos. Along with confirming U.S. Senate candidates, the primary election will select candidates for Michigan governor as well as state Senate and House seats to be decided in November’s general election.