Road millages pass in both townships

OSCEOLA COUNTY — More voters in Osceola County voted for Republican candidate Donald Trump during Tuesday's primary election, according to unofficial results from the Osceola County Clerk's Office collected hours after the polls closed.

Trump received a total of 1,812 votes, while fellow top Republican candidates Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Marco Rubio received in 1,276 votes, 645 votes and 294 votes, respectively.

In the Democratic Party, Sen. Bernie Sanders won the most votes in the county with a total of 953 votes compared to fellow top candidate former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton who gained 670 votes.

Trump and Sanders carried the state of Michigan.

Road millage proposals from the Osceola County Road Commission also were on the ballot for two county townships. For Evart Township residents, the commission asked voters to approve a millage renewal of the 1-mil tax for an additional six years for maintenance and construction on its township roadways. The proposal seen by Osceola Township voters seeks an additional 2 mils for four years for maintaining and improving roads in that township.

Voters in Evart Township passed their millage with 203 yes votes and 162 no votes. The millage for Osecola Township residents was passed, showing 145 votes of approval to 122 votes of rejection.

Those working the polling locations said a steady stream of people flowed in throughout the day. More than 5,800 Osceola County voters turned out to the polls to voice their opinion, which according to election workers, was unusually high for a primary election.

"We're happy to see the number of people coming to vote," said Reed City Clerk Jackie Beam, who helped voters receive their ballots.

Osceola County Clerk Karen Bluhm said voter turnout was higher than expected.

"For the presidential primary election, turnout like this is very unusual," said Bluhm. "I haven't had the chance to look at past primaries, but I'm pretty certain this is the highest turnout since I've been county clerk."