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Turnout Low in Special Primary Election to Fill McCotter's Seat

Clerks report low voter turnout today in special primary election to fill seat vacated by Thaddeus McCotter.

A $600,000 special primary election today to fill the Congressional seat vacated by former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Livonia) hasn't generated much enthusiasm among voters, according to midday figures released by the Plymouth Township and Canton Township clerks' offices.

According to the Plymouth Township Clerk's office, just 359 voters had cast their votes as of 4:30 p.m. today from more than 22,000 registered voters, accounting for just 1.64 percent of the township electorate. 

As of 2 p.m., Canton Township had reported 362 total voters today — from more than 62,000 registered voters — for roughly 0.6 percent of the electorate. 

Kerry BentivolioNancy CassisSteve King,  and Carolyn Kavanagh are vying for the Republican nomination to face Democrat  on Nov. 6 to fill out the final weeks of McCotter's term. Bentivolio in the Aug. 7 primary and will face Democrat in the Nov. 6 election for a full term.

The race very well could be decided primarily by absentee ballots.

The Canton Township Clerk's office reported 5,036 absentee ballots issued for the special election. While figures for returns weren't available today, about 32 percent of issued ballots were reported returned on Aug. 27.

The special election will cost taxpayers a total of about $650,000 — including tens of thousands of dollars for Plymouth Township and Canton Township — for a seat that will only be held for just a couple of months. McCotter  in July amid an . 

patch September 06, 2012 at 10:54 AM
What a waste from the fiscal conservatives.So disapointing.Walk the walk if your gonna talk the talk.
Hairman September 06, 2012 at 01:03 PM
PLEASE show the taxpayers WHERE that $650,000 was spent.
Denise Nash September 06, 2012 at 04:31 PM
The people working elections get a little more than minimum wage, according to what I read in the Free Press. Unreal that it would cost that much, I agree.
Denise Nash September 15, 2012 at 04:38 AM
V. Scheurich - You are not responding to the article at hand. Move to Michigan if you want to comment on Michigan issues, if you please.
John McKay (Editor) September 15, 2012 at 06:25 AM
V. Scheurich has been suspended for repeated instances of trolling stories' comments.

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