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County clerk hopes for bigger Primary Election turnout in Branch County

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - It’s primary election day in Michigan. Branch County Clerk Terry Kubasiak is hoping for at least a 25% turnout at the polls and possibly as high as 30%. Kubasiak is somewhat optimistic that a decent number of people will exercise their right to vote because of a trio of county wide ballot proposals and the crowded field of candidates in the race see which Republican will advance to run in November for the 58th District State House seat being vacated by term limited GOP Representative Ken Kurtz of Coldwater.

Statewide, there’s Proposal One, the request to repeal the personal property tax, but for the first time ever, there’s no contested primary for governor or the U-S Senate to boost the voter turnout.  Some are predicting the lowest number of Michigan residents since 1990 or worse will cast ballots today. Voters are reminded that because this is a partisan primary, you have to choose either the Republican or Democratic party to take part and you can’t split your ticket. The Secretary of State’s office says the optical voting machines will not accept ballots that show voters marked candidates in both parties.

The polling locations in Branch County today are the same as in the general election which in most cases is your local township hall or for Coldwater City residents, the Dearth Community Center. The voting begins at 7 a.m. and continues until 8 p.m. And then tonight, listen to AM 1590 and FM 95.5 for results of the election on the air and on-line at www.wtvbam.com and stay tuned for our wrap up reports Wednesday morning with candidate comments and reaction to what choices were made by the electorate on primary day 2014.