Elections volunteers count absentee elections ballots for the Michigan Primary election at Livonia City Hall in Livonia on March 10, 2020.

More than 2 million Michiganders mailed in ballots or voted in person for the primary election Tuesday, requiring many clerks to scramble for staff during a pandemic and spend late-night hours tallying a record number of absentee ballot.

Overall, clerks and voters echoed Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's statement that the primary went well. But the anticipated turnout was less than half the number expected to take part in November, when control of the presidency and Congress are at stake.

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