The race for the Republican presidential nomination is heating up in Michigan as the state's primary approaches. Many Grosse Pointers requested to vote by absentee ballot this presidential primary.
Also included on the Grosse Pointe ballots is the millage increase request, which is to be used to help the libraries maintain its level of service to users.
According to figures shared with Patch by the city clerks, the number of voters casting absentee ballots are:
Grosse Pointe Woods
There were 1,911 ballots requested and as of Tuesday afternoon, 1,317 have been returned, said Melanie Ryska, the deputy city clerk. She anticipates 200 to 300 more will be turned in.
She estimates the turnout to be 35 percent of the total registered voters including the absentee ballots. She said the local library issue could bring out more voters because it involves money.
Grosse Pointe Farms
As of Thursday afternoon, 793 absentee ballots had been returned in the Farms.
Grosse Pointe Shores
In precinct 1, which includes voters from Wayne County, 202 absentee ballots were requested and 154 had been returned by Friday afternoon.
In precinct 2, which also includes voters from Wayne County, 130 absentee ballots were requested and 96 had been returned.
In precinct 3, which includes voters from Macomb County, 11 absentee ballots were requested and 10 had been returned.
City of Grosse Pointe
As of Tuesday, 259 absentee ballots have been returned to the city, clerk Julie Arthurs said. There are still 375 outstanding that are likely to be returned.
Arthurs estimates turnout to be middle of the road, she said, explaining the library millage is likely to bring more voters out than what just the presidential primary might.
Grosse Pointe Park
Around 820 absentee ballots were distributed in Grosse Pointe Park, and 617 had been returned by Friday afternoon.
The polls in Michigan will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 28. There are several .
Absentee votes are counted on election day in each of the Pointes. They are officially tallied at 8 p.m. when the polls close.