Looking ahead to the 2020 Michigan primaries

Published: Feb. 6, 2020 at 6:11 PM EST
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On Monday, Iowa held their Democratic and Republican caucuses, which were the first in the nation.

What was supposed to be a significant indicator of where Democratic candidates stand, was delayed due to a coding error within the app used to report results.

"If Iowa showed us one thing, it’s that we still need to be a little weary of technology and that a paper ballot is still a safe way to conduct business. In a caucus, paper would still be a safe way to ensure that there are no debacles like there were in Iowa this week,” said 906 Dems Co-chair, Jason Chapman.

Instead of caucuses, Michigan holds primaries, which is much closer to a traditional voting experience.

Michigan also takes measures to ensure an accurate count.

"There is a paper trail there that we can always go back to. So if there’s a challenge and people say ‘Oh, those results from Marquette County just don’t look right,' we can go back and double-check that,” said Northern Michigan University Political Science Professor, Steve Nelson.

The Michigan primary will be held on March 10, coming after Super Tuesday.

However, the Michigan primary is still early in the season, and could play a large role in the presidential election.

"Michigan will be vital and Pennsylvania will be vital, just for the amount of votes and Electoral College votes that these states have,” Chapman added.

Chapman also says new voting laws, like no-reason absentee ballots, will hopefully urge more people to vote in the primary.

"We went from one of the worst states in the country one of the best states and I think that is going to instill confidence,” Chapman said.

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