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About 30 Percent of Voters Vote Absentee in Trenton, Grosse Ile

Trenton City Clerk Trish Gearhart encouraged voters to vote absentee to avoid long lines at polling places.

A high number of absentee voters could explain easy-in-easy-out voting at polling locations in Trenton and Grosse Ile. City and township clerks reported Tuesday morning about 30 percent of eligible voters had already voted absentee.

About 4,400 residents voted absentee in Trenton, which has a registered voter population of about 15,500. Grosse Ile has a registered voter population of about 9,000 residents and township officials have received nearly 3,000 absentee ballots.

Election inspectors at polling locations in Trenton and Grosse Ile reported relatively short lines and brief wait times for voters. Inspectors at the Westfield Activities Center in Trenton and Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church said lines were long when polls opened at 7 a.m., but subsided shorty after.

Voters at most polling locations in Trenton and Grosse Ile are experiencing wait times of 10 minutes or less.

Recent efforts to increase absentee voting might have paid off in Trenton. City Clerk Trish Gearhart encouraged residents to vote absentee weeks before election day.

Look to Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch for voting results and local stories related to election day.

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