Detroit Evening Report: Detroit voter turnout surpasses estimates, still lower than 2018 elections

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Detroit election officials say they completed counting the nearly 165,000 ballots before 6 a.m. Wednesday. More than 80,000 of those were absentee ballots.

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The Detroit News reports officials estimate voter turnout in the city was around 35 percent, slightly lower than the 41 percent turnout in 2018. Wayne County completed its count this morning and almost all of the state results are in.

Voters in Detroit and throughout Michigan made a lot of choices in this midterm election.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel were all re-elected for a second term, but they will be working with a very different Michigan Legislature next year.

For the first time in 40 years, Michigan’s House and Senate have a Democratic majority. House Democrats said they would control 56 of the 110 seats in the chamber, while their Senate counterparts believe they will hold 20 of the 38 seats.

Other headlines for November 9, 2022:

  • Michigan Democrats tout blue wave after midterm elections
  • Detroit school board holds election for 4 seats
  • Voters pass all three ballot proposals on term limits, voting rights and reproductive freedom

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.