Despite Long Lines, Turnout in Shelby and Utica Lower in 2012 Presidential Elections

Just one percent less of voters turned out in Shelby Township and Utica for the 2012 Presidential elections than in 2008.

Despite long lines reported at several of the polls in Shelby Township, voter turnout in Shelby and its neighbor Utica were slightly lower for the 2012 presidential elections than the 2008 elections.

In 2008, 72.8 percent of the registered voters in Shelby Township cast their ballots, and on Tuesday, 71 percent turned out.

Despite the slightly lower turnout Shelby officials were predicting record number of voters Tuesday.

Precinct 23 and 24 Chairperson Judy Rosenthal told Patch Tuesday there were more than 100 people lined up outside the precinct by 6:00 a.m., which was an hour before the polls opened.

"It was just remarkable. That means there is (not) a lot of voter apathy," she said.

Rosenthal also said the precinct was poised to process three times more voters for the presidential elections than for the August primary elections.

One fifth, which is about 12,000 registered voters in Shelby Township voted via absentee ballot, said Rosenthal.

In Utica, 66.5 percent of voters cast their ballots in the 2012 elections, and 69.5 percent participated in 2008.

Utica Clerk Cathy McGrail said she processed more absentee ballots this year than ever.

“I never recall the numbers I have seen today,” said McGrail when Patch caught up to her the day before elections.

Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot said the township’s elections went off without a hitch.

“This was a great election year,” he said.

For results on the local races, click here.


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