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Primary recap: Many Michiganders still braved the polls Tuesday

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Roughly 1.6 million Michigan voters cast absentee ballots, but there were still those who braved the coronavirus threat Tuesday and voted in person during the state’s primary election.

Among them was Irma Ramirez, a 73-year-old from Novi who cast her ballot at the Detroit suburb’s Civic Center complex.

“I wanted to make sure that my voice was heard,” Ramirez said after she voted.

The primary features several races in which nominees will be chosen to vie in November’s election for seats in the U.S. House and the Legislature. With the coronavirus pandemic still raging, the primary election was marked by a surge of mail-in absentee ballots.

Uyoung Suggs, a 40-year-old from Novi, said she voted in person on Tuesday because she lost track of time and didn’t request a mail-in ballot by the deadline. She said she felt safe while voting.

“There was social distancing in place. They made sure all the pens were sanitized, I noticed,” she said.

Chris Gantz drove to New Providence Baptist Church in Detroit expecting to walk in and cast her ballot. Then she learned it was one of two drive-thru voting locations the city was using to ease voter concerns about the coronavirus. Gantz filled out her ballot in the front seat of a van.

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