Nearly 40 percent of Berkley voters participated in Tuesday's primary election and City Clerk Cheryl Printz said she was pleased with that figure, although a bit surprised by particularly heavy turnout at some polls.
Traffic at the city's seven precincts was steady throughout the day, with no problems reported as voters weighed in on , among other races and issues, she said Wednesday.
Unofficial results showed 4,609 out of the city's 12,124 registered voters went to the polls, for a turnout of approximately 38 percent. The voting population was tipped slightly in favor of the Democrat ticket, with nearly 48 percent of voters casting ballots in that party's primary contests, while approximately 41 percent voted on the Republican side of the ballot. (See attached PDF for more details.)
"That's a very high turnout for a primary election," Printz said. "I'm happy with that.
"What I was a litle bit surprised about was turnout was higher in Precincts 1 and 2," she said.
Turnout at Precinct 1 at was approximately 43 percent and at Precinct 2 at , it was approximately 44 percent, Printz said.
The clerk said she adjusted the precincts this year so they would be more even based on 2010 census figures. For example, Precinct 3 at previously had almost 3,000 voters while Precinct 2 had approximately 1,400; now each precinct has approximately 1,700 voters, Printz said. (See attached PDF for 2012 precincts.)
The clerk said she wasn't sure why Precincts 1 and 2 saw higher turnout than the others Tuesday. She added that voter participation was steady all day at polling sites throughout the city.
The results will remain unofficial until they are certified by the Oakland County Board of Canvassers within 14 days.
"Everything went smoothly," Printz said. "I was very happy with how it turned out."