Polling stations appeared busy early Tuesday.
The parking lots at the Robert Bowens Center in Pontiac and the Salvation Army building on the east side of town saw crowded parking lots and a steady stream of voters.
Dr. Conway, working for the Pontiac Clerk’s Office providing security for the Salvation Army building, chased a van that pulled into the crowded parking lot to hand out coffee and donuts to campaign workers.
The parking lot entrance is cluttered with campaign signs.
Patricia Carter stood at the 100ft limit for campaign volunteers handing out flyers.
Don Spillars said he was voting for the good of children around the world.
Traffic to polling places visited by The Oakland Press saw steady traffic.
In Auburn Hills, Dwayne Broome, 41, voted at the Apostolic Church and said he’s been voting for at least 20 years — it’s a family tradition and part of his civic duty.
Patricia, who declined to give her surname, parked her car on the church grounds and adorned it with anti-Prop 3 and pro Karmo signs. She said she volunteered to campaign at the polls to defeat Proposition 3.
IRS employee Carlos Black, banned by the Hatch Act from partisan campaigning, was fulfilling an opportunity to be an independent poll watcher. He said federal employees have four hours off to volunteer on Election Day.
Ron Morishita, 78, said he had voted in almost every possible election. Morishita, an army veteran, said voting is an important civic duty, but finding issues and candidates has become a greater challenge due to high levels of misinformation.
Adrienne Harrold of Waterford said she and her husband voted by mail weeks ago. She drove her daughter and her daughter’s fiancé to the polls, but only her daughter voted. Her fiancé, who declined to share his name, said he doesn’t trust politicians to keep their promises, adding that elected officials seem to “only work for rich white people and rich black people”.
Susan and Daniel Fredericks voted in person at the Seniors Commission in Rochester. He said he was motivated to vote “by that fool in the White House.” She said “woke liberal culture, immigration and crime” motivated her to vote.
White Lake Township Clerk Anthony Noble responded to an email complaining about the lines by adding voting booths in township precincts.
Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8.
Nationally, today’s vote is crucial as it will determine who will lead the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives, and statewide, key leadership positions must be decided as well as three proposals, notably for the reproductive rights of women in Michigan.