Voters in Michigan had the opportunity to cast ballots in a state primary on Tuesday, according to a published report.
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson underscored the importance of voting and said the opportunity represents the perfect chance to speak up, The Sentinel Standard reports.
"Michigan works when Michigan votes," said Johnson, who also is the state's chief elections officer. "Because your vote is your voice, I encourage all eligible voters to go to the polls and cast their ballots."
Michigan mandates photo identification cards at the polls. The cards that work include a license or an identification card. But people who neglect to bring those cards or do not have one still are able to cast ballots.
Those without identification cards still may sign a short affidavit that indicates their identity. On Election Day, these ballots will find their way into the ones that are counted.
The state of Michigan has 7,334,233 residents who had registered to vote in time for this year's primary, which is slightly more than figures from the primary four years ago. In the 2008 primary election, there were 7,243,261 registered voters.
Voters in Michigan only can vote for one party during the primary, the news source reports.
Voters who are in need of assistance may pursue help from the Michigan Voter Information Center, which will help voters determine whether they are registered to vote. The service also may show a sample ballot and send voters to the appropriate polling location.
Voters who do not have a Michigan driver's license or identification card could display a driver's license or a personal identification card issued by another state, a federal or state government-issued photo identification, a U.S. passport, a military identification card that holds a photograph, a student identification card from a high school or another accredited institution of higher education or a tribal identification card with a photo.
Each voting station also was equipped with special apparatus to accommodate the votes of users with disabilities.
Voters were set to decide who would be the Republican candidate to challenge the incumbency of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat, according to The Times Herald. The election is slated for this November.
The candidates are Pete Hoekstra of Holland, Clark Durant of Grosse Pointe and Randy Hekman of Grand Rapids. Also included on the ballot is Gary Glenn, though he dropped out of the race last month.