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 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.