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High voter turnout in the city of Flint

Mar 8, 2016

Flint polling places needed more ballots due to an unusually high turnout in a city that has been in the spotlight because of contaminated water.

Flint Clerk Inez Brown says it's the first time in her 20 years in office that she's had to send more ballots during the day of an election. She tells The Flint Journal that turnout Tuesday is "unprecedented," especially among voters who want to vote in the Democratic primary.

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders held a debate in Flint on Sunday. The city's tap water is contaminated because corrosive water from the Flint River leached lead from old plumbing.

Mayor Karen Weaver says more people are voting because they want to be heard.