Voters wait outside the VFW Bruce Post 1146 to vote the morning of Nov. 3.

Voters wait outside the VFW Bruce Post 1146 to vote the morning of Nov. 3.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

Voters come out to the polls in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 4, 2020


ST. CLAIR SHORES — With officials still counting absentee voter ballots in St. Clair Shores, the full results of school, county and state races were not known election night. 

Even though there was a large voter turnout for absentee voting, plenty of voters still turned out to vote in-person on Election Day.

Resident Todd Barton said he’d never seen lines to vote as long as they were Nov. 3.

“I’ve never had to wait outside at all,” he said. “(It’s) good to see everybody coming out.”

Barton said he came to vote in person because he felt it was more secure than mailing back his ballot.

“There’s been so much talk about the mail-in votes being lost or otherwise not being counted,” he said. “I felt it was easier and more secure to come here and vote in person.”

Resident Jennifer Haas didn’t know what to expect when she pulled up to the polling location.

“I wasn’t sure because there was the option for mail-in,” she said. 

Nevertheless, she called herself more of a “traditionalist” and said since this was the second presidential election she was voting in, she wanted to cast her ballot in person.

“I feel like it’s no different than going to a grocery store,” as far as safety from the threat of COVID-19 is concerned, she explained. 

Haas said it felt more important to make sure to vote this year than in the past.

“The nation’s so seemingly divided,” she said. “I feel like there’s more on the line, but also more uncertainty either way.”

Resident Jennifer Sabaj, on the other hand, didn’t think there was any difference in the reason to vote in 2020 than in the past.

“I like in person voting,” she said. 

St. Clair Shores City Attorney Robert Ihrie traveled around the city Election Day to keep an eye out for any problems at the polls. He hadn’t seen anything amis during morning voting.

“Everything looks like it’s in good order in St. Clair Shores,” he said. 

Resident Tony Raffin wasn’t surprised to see the line extending outside the VFW Bruce Post 1146. He said he thought in-person voting was the most secure way to cast his vote.

“If you owed me money, would you trust a $100 bill in the mail? My vote is more valuable than $100,” he said.