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Only about a tenth of Detroit voters expected to cast primary ballots

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Detroit election officials are estimating a 10 to 15 percent turnout in next week's statewide primary, comparable to the primary election turnout of 14 percent four years ago, reports the Associated Press.

Director of Elections Daniel Baxter said in a news conference today that the city expects to have up to 33,000 absentee votes counted by election night. That's about 6 percent of the city's 553,165 voters.

Baxter called on people to get out and vote in the election on Tuesday. City Clerk Janice Winfrey said, "if you feel you won't like the candidates in November, it's essential you get out and vote in August."

You can follow up-to-the-minute coverage of Tuesday's elections in Detroit and across the state here on our website, and via our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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