Election Day 2022: Follow along with live coverage of the primary in Greater Lansing

by 24USATVAug. 3, 2022, 4:01 a.m. 15
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Follow along with regular updates from your local news team at the Lansing State Journal, on Michigan's primary Election Day Aug. 2. Bookmark this page, or click refresh in your browser window for the most up-to-date local results in real time as votes are cast, and later tallied, across Greater Lansing.

As of 11:00 p.m. here's where things stand in primaries for local legislative races.

For full result updates, check out the Ingham County results page here. Hit refresh in your browser window, or bookmark and reload this link to ensure you have the most recently updated version.

Unofficial results are in for Lansing City Council, North Cemetery proposal

Ingham County elections officials have started posting unofficial results online as precincts continue reporting, including the race for Lansing City Council Ward 1 and a proposal to allow the sale of a section of land in North Cemetery:

The parks and recreation department is proposing selling a vacant section of land within the city-owned North Cemetery, located on Miller Road. The property has been vacant and undeveloped over the last 20 years and there are no grave sites or interred remains on the lot proposed for sale.

Brian Daniels was temporarily appointed to Lansing City Council this past winter after controversial Council Member Brandon Betz resigned, leaving an opening that required a special election to fill.

Note: These are preliminary and unofficial results. Results in Michigan become official when they are certified by boards of canvassers, a process that is allowed to take up to two weeks.

Unofficial results are coming in for primary races for Ingham County Board of Commissioners. There are 78 of 112 precincts that have reported results as of 10:15 p.m. Here are a sampling of some races early numbers:

For full results updates, check out the Ingham County results page here. Hit refresh in your browser window, or bookmark and reload this link to ensure you have the most recently updated version.

Ingham County partial results starting to come in

Ingham County elections officials have started posting partial results online as precincts start reporting. Some early numbers include:

Note: These are preliminary and unofficial results. Results in Michigan become official when they are certified by boards of canvassers, a process that is allowed to take up to two weeks. Follow live updates here as results are recorded. Hit refresh in your browser window, or bookmark and reload this link to ensure you have the most recently updated version.

Tudor Dixon, a Muskegon County businesswoman, won the Republican primary for governor Tuesday and will face Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November.

The Associated Press called the election for Dixon at about 9:45 p.m. as she came out on top of a five-candidate race. Read the full story here.

Follow along here as results continue to come in. Hit refresh in your browser window, or bookmark and reload this link to ensure you have the most recently updated version.

ELECTION 2022:Tudor Dixon wins Michigan Republican primary, will face off with Gov. Whitmer in November

Jennifer Shuster, city clerk for East Lansing, said the East Lansing Hannah Community Center had one of the biggest turnouts for the area. “The difference with this location is that the precinct has permanent residents,” said Shuster.

"The turnout on campus is pretty low with students being away still,” she said. “However, we anticipate higher numbers in the fall for the general election, that’s when students will be back to vote on campus.”

William Rittenberg, a poll worker at the Hannah Community Center, was in good spirits as he took down "Vote Here" signs after 8 p.m. He notes that turnout at his location for in-person voting was in the 200s. “Plus I got free coffee,” he said.

Follow live updates here as results start to come in. Hit refresh in your browser window, or bookmark and reload this link to ensure you have the most recently updated version.

When results start coming in, here's how to watch

Follow along with us here as live updates start to come in. You can also watch lansingstatejournal.com/elections/results for legislative races.

For additional results on the many local races decided by Greater Lansing voters today, visit county election websites (linked below), where live results may or may not be updated regularly depending on local clerks. (Note: LSJ staff have no involvement in these websites, nor in posting of updates.)

Hit refresh often on all results pages to ensure you're seeing the latest updates!

Even though there's a lot of construction in Meridian Township right now, it didn’t keep voters away this Election Day.

Meridian Township Clerk Deborah Guthrie said voter turnout was higher than she expected during a non-presidential primary. Most of the township precincts were slammed in fact, and she was impressed by the steady stream of voters.

“It was like in droves,” she said. “People kept coming.”

Shortly after 8 p.m. Guthrie said Election Day staff were “super slammed” finishing processing absentee ballots that were dropped off later in the day as well.

Follow live updates here as results start to come in. Hit refresh in your browser window, or bookmark and reload this link to ensure you have the most recently updated version.

No line, no problem at Michigan State

Even with a low turnout, nothing gets taken down early at campus polling locations, according to Cathy Scott who has been a poll worker for more than 18 years.

Only four voters cast their ballot in person at the MSU Union on August 2; however, according to Scott, every vote counts. “If we’re not here, then nobody will be here to keep the democratic process intact,” says Scott. “Nothing gets taken down until 8 p.m.”

Follow live updates here as results start to come in. Hit refresh in your browser window, or bookmark and reload this link to ensure you have the most recently updated version.

It's 8 p.m. ET and polls are now closed across much of the state — it is also the deadline for returning an absentee ballot by dropbox or to your local clerk. Remember, if you were in line before or at 8 p.m. stay in line!

Live results in state legislative races will flow in at lansingstatejournal.com/elections/results. And follow live updates here as unofficial results are recorded (Note: Results in Michigan become official when they are certified by boards of canvassers, a process that is allowed to take up to two weeks).

Last minute reminders before the polls close at 8 p.m.

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum and East Lansing City Clerk Jennifer Shuster had a few last minute reminders for voters, including that people who are in line at 8 p.m. can stay and vote.

“If you are in line, you can still exercise your right to cast your vote, you still have plenty of time to do so," Shuster said. "Also, make sure you’re going to the right polling location."

Byrum said if someone voted absentee, they need to check both sides to make sure it's filled out properly, they need to make sure to sign the back of the envelope so the signature can be verified, “and get that to their clerk or to their clerk’s dropbox by 8 p.m. tonight.”

Follow live updates here as results are recorded beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Hit refresh in your browser window, or bookmark and reload this link to ensure you have the most recently updated version.

Here are updated Election Day numbers from the Michigan Secretary of State office as of 6:30 p.m. ET.

“Michigan voters like to vote from home,” Michigan Secretary of State Chief External Affairs Officer Jake Rollow said.

He said they don't have in-person numbers, but the over 1.1 million absentee ballots returned could be anywhere from half to two-thirds of the total votes cast in the election. Since voting laws have changed voters have really embraced the option to vote absentee.

“People still like to have the various options to cast their ballots,” he said.

Follow live updates here as results are recorded beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Hit refresh in your browser window, or bookmark and reload this link to ensure you have the most recently updated version.

The Michigan Republican Party canceled a primary election celebration scheduled for Tuesday evening in Lansing after receiving multiple death threats and other promises of violence, a party spokesman said.

Before cancelling, Michigan Republicans planned to celebrate their candidates Tuesday night at Kelly's Downtown in Lansing, said Gustavo Portela, communications director for the Michigan Republican Party. He expected roughly 100 people at the event, including state Republican legislators and party officials from the area. Read the full story here.

As of 5 p.m. ET, 36,466 absentee ballots were turned into local clerks in Ingham County. That’s of the 44,014 absentee ballots that were issued, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum said.

She said just counting absentee ballots and not in-person votes, there is just over a 17% voter turnout in the county so far. For the 2020 August primary there was an overall turnout of about 32% and in 2018 it was just under 32%.

“People are exercising their right to vote,” she said, and "every election is important."

Follow live updates here as results are recorded beginning at 8 p.m. Hit refresh in your browser window, or bookmark and reload this link to ensure you have the most recently updated version.

Friendly reminders if you're heading to the polls

Primary election reminders on this Election Day; what to know before you cast your vote:
• Only vote in a single party's primary (column) — don’t cross the line and vote for both Republican and Democratic primary races.
• Bring a form of ID; if you forget your ID you'll have to sign an affidavit confirming your identity.
• If you still need to register, make sure to head to your clerk's office NOT your polling place, and be ready to provide proof of residency and proof of eligibility.

Not sure what kind of valid forms of photo ID to bring? Read more about eligibility, what proof of residency includes, and more by clicking here.

READ MORE:It's the Michigan primary today, here's everything you need to know

Here are updated Election Day numbers from the Michigan Secretary of State office as of 4:30 p.m. ET.

Follow live updates here as results are recorded beginning at 8 p.m. Hit refresh in your browser window, or bookmark and reload this link to ensure you have the most recently updated version.

I am Veronica Bolanos, a student at Michigan State University and an avid sports fan. Follow along as my team and I help bring you the latest news from the polls of Greater Lansing tonight.

If you see something you want to share with us, you can reach me at 517.267.0460 or [email protected] You can follow live updates here as results are recorded beginning at 8 p.m. Hit refresh in your browser window, or bookmark and reload this link to ensure you have the most updated version.

Voter intimidation is illegal and wrong, even for election challengers and poll watchers. If you witness or experience any harassment or coercion in your polling place, contact the nonpartisan election protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE.

Hello! It's me, Bryce Airgood, that reporter who's usually running around East Lansing and Meridian Township. I'm putting on my election reporter hat today and will watch polls throughout the night to bring you the most up-to-date results on Greater Lansing.

If you see something you want to share you can reach me at 517-267-0448 or [email protected] You can follow live updates here as results are recorded beginning at 8 p.m. Hit refresh in your browser window, or bookmark and reload this link to ensure you have the most updated version.

Local candidates for Michigan Senate weigh in on key issues

Among the candidates on the Aug. 2 primary ballot are Democrats and Republicans vying for three State Senate seats that cover different portions of Greater Lansing. Hear from the candidates in their own words at the links below.
• State Senate District 28 | Rais vs. Singh (D) and Anderson vs. Howard (R)

Not sure which district you vote in? Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center. For these and more candidate answers to key issues facing voters in Greater Lansing, click here.

Voters in Meridian Township will decide today whether the township will prohibit recreational marijuana stores. And voters will have to pay attention when they cast their vote: A yes vote means the voter wants to prohibit recreational weed shops in the township; a no vote means the voter is in favor of allowing the shops.

Check out the pro and con viewpoints in the LSJ opinion section to learn more:
• Vote yes to ban commercial marijuana facilities and 'Keep Meridian Safe'
• Banning cannabis business is the wrong move for Meridian Township

It's Election Day, here are easy answers to your FAQ

Everyone has questions, we've got answers. Here are some Election Day FAQ:
• Is it true I can register the day of the election? Yes, you may register in person on Aug. 2 until 8 p.m. however it must be at your local clerk's office and not at an individual polling place. Click here for more information.
• Can I still vote absentee in this election? Yes, you can — ballots must be received by your local clerk no later than 8 p.m. today.
• What will my ballot look like? Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center to view a sample ballot, based on your home address.

Candidates for Ingham County Treasurer weigh in on key issues

Among the candidates on the Aug. 2 primary ballot are Democrats and Republicans vying for Ingham County treasurer — the seat opened up when Eric Schertzing resigned in March 2022 after more than 20 years in the post. To hear from the candidates in their own words, click here.

READ MORE:Candidates for Ingham County Treasurer in their own words

On the ballot this August 2 is the question of whether Ingham County’s Juvenile Justice Millage should be renewed. The millage was instituted by voters 20 years ago and has been repeatedly extended by voters over the years.

Since the millage was first passed by voters, the annual number of juvenile delinquency petitions has fallen from over 1,800 to less than 400. Read the full viewpoint (opinion) here.

Candidates for Ingham County Board weigh in on key issues

Among the candidates on the Aug. 2 primary ballot are Democrats and Republicans vying for Ingham County treasurer and seats on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners that cover different portions of Greater Lansing. Hear from the candidates in their own words at the links below.

Not sure which district you vote in? Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center. For these and more candidate answers to key issues facing voters in Greater Lansing, click here.

Planning to vote on your lunch break?

We've got the info you need to be prepared to vote, including:
• Candidates on key issues in their own words
• FAQ and help finding your districts' candidates

Click here to access our voter guide, including FAQ and link to the Michigan Voter Information Center. And Go Vote!

STILL NEED TO VOTE?:What you need to know about the Aug. 2 primary in Greater Lansing

Check out these images of Michigan primary voters from around Greater Lansing, and refresh for new images throughout the day. See below, or click here.

Lansing's North Cemetery ballot proposal will decide if some unused land can sell

On the August 2 primary election ballot, City of Lansing voters will be asked about the sale of a small portion of North Cemetery property. The parks and recreation department is proposing this to sell a vacant section of land within the city-owned North Cemetery, located on Miller Road.

The lot was not an original part of the cemetery. Over the last 20 years, the property has continued to be vacant and undeveloped, and there are no grave sites or interred remains on the lot that is proposed for sale. Read the full viewpoint (opinion) here.

A look at national opinion polling, 100 days before the midterms

A new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll shows Democrats with a narrow advantage over Republicans on the congressional ballot, 44%-40%, a bit better than the 40%-40% split they scored in June. But gloom about the nation's economy and its politics still pose big hurdles for Democratic hopes of avoiding significant losses in November. Read the full story here.

It is not too late! You can still register and vote

Don't forget: Michigan has same-day voter registration. If you haven't registered to vote yet, you can still register and then cast a ballot today if you bring proof of residency into your city or township clerk’s office.

Officials can accept a Michigan driver’s license or state identification card, a current utility bill, a bank statement, a pay stub or other official government document. To find your clerk's office, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center.

The biggest statewide race in Tuesday's primary is the Republican contest to see who will go up against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Nov. 8.

There are five Republican candidates on the ballot; on the Democratic side, Whitmer, who is seeking a second four-year term, is the only choice. Republican challengers to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson were endorsed at a state party convention and do not compete in a primary. Read the full story here.

Candidates for State House seats weigh in on key issues

Among the candidates on the Aug. 2 primary ballot are Democrats and Republicans vying for six State House seats that cover different portions of Greater Lansing. Hear from the candidates in their own words at the links below.
• State House District 71 | *Zacharda (D) and BeGole vs. Carlin vs. Rathbun vs. Williston (R)
• State House District 74 | Hope vs. Kelley Jr. vs. Knott (D) vs. *Sokol (R)
• State House District 75 | Keskey vs. Stivers vs. Tsernoglou (D) and *Stewart (R)
• State House District 77 | Byrne vs. Dievendorf vs. Horford (D) and *Magoola (R)
• State House District 78 | *Groves (D) and Barnes vs. Geiger vs. Johnsen (R)
• State House District 93 | *Lockwood (D) and Filler vs. Hoover (R)

* no primary challenger

Not sure which district you vote in? Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center. For these and more candidate answers to key issues facing voters in Greater Lansing, click here.

It is not too late! You can still register and vote

Don't forget: Michigan has same-day voter registration. If you haven't registered to vote yet, you can still register and then cast a ballot today if you bring proof of residency into your city or township clerk’s office.

Officials can accept a Michigan driver’s license or state identification card, a current utility bill, a bank statement, a pay stub or other official government document. To find your clerk's office, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center.

Free rides to the polls on Election Day, courtesy of CATA

CATA will offer no-cost rides across its entire system for the primary election on Aug. 2, including its paratransit services, according to a press release.

"No identification (is) required," the release said. "For fare-free boarding, riders should simply inform their driver that they wish to vote."

Redistricting could mean new districts, polling places for voters

The 2022 primary is the first to follow the decennial redistricting and reapportionment process based on 2020 census data, and that's adding to voter confusion.

Some voters are learning they are in a new congressional district, a new state Senate or House district or a new county commission district. And in many cases, they have a new polling place, too, for the Aug. 2 election. Need help finding your polling place? Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center. Read more here.

Polls open across much of Michigan; follow our live updates

Across Greater Lansing, voters will select which candidates will appear on the November ballot for various races in the state legislature, county board and more. In addition, several municipalities will decide on various millage proposals today. Among them:
• Ingham County will vote on a proposal to renew the Animal Control millage
• Lansing voters will decide if the city can cell unused land at North Cemetery

Lansing State Journal staff will provide live updates to this blog throughout the day to keep you informed on Greater Lansing’s competitive local races. Bookmark this page and click refresh to stay up-to-date.

Follow along here for live updates on the Aug. 2 primary

Tuesday, Aug. 2 is Election Day! And your local news team at the Lansing State Journal will provide live coverage throughout the day, including:
• Candidate questionnaires: Offering responses to key issues in their own words (Note: Any candidates missing from the list either do not have a primary challenger or did not respond)
• News and photo galleries from the polls
• Live updates as results start coming in at 8 p.m. ET

Bookmark this page, and click refresh throughout the day tomorrow to stay up-to-date. You can also follow us at Facebook.com/LSJnews and on Twitter @LSJnews for updates.

SEE SOMETHING FISHY? Contact the newsroom by emailing [email protected] or on Facebook Messenger.

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