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Politics & Government

It's election day (and it's about more than the presidential primary)

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

It’s election day in Michigan, and Tuesday’s vote is about more than presidential primary politics.

Michigan voters may be casting critical votes in today’s presidential primary that could go a long way toward deciding who gets the Democratic presidential nomination.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden are facing off on Michigan’s Democratic ballot. The winner could cement their hold on the party’s presidential nomination.

But there are other important issues on the ballot.

Voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties are voting on a renewal of a tax to support the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Flint voters are deciding if they want to change their school millage to pay down the school district’s debt faster.

Across the state, there are more than 200 ballot questions dealing with a plethora of local issues. School districts, county governments and others have a variety of tax issues on the ballot.

This may also be the biggest test yet of Michigan’s new law that allows for same-day voter registration.

We may have to wait a little longer to get results after the polls close at 8 pm, as clerks have to count many more absentee ballots than in the past.

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