DETROIT, Michigan—As a bitter cold wind and occasional snow squall blew through this city’s New Center neighborhood on Sunday afternoon, a steady stream of voters in the largely Black Democratic stronghold deposited ballots in drop boxes or inside the city elections office.
They were among over 2.5 million residents to submit early ballots in the critical swing state so far this election. Dee Graham, a 64-year-old Detroiter who hasn’t missed a vote in decades, said he “ain’t seen nothing like this before 2020.”
“That’s COVID. They’re afraid of COVID,” he told The Daily Beast, gesturing toward a line of vehicles on the boulevard outside the office. “They’re not even getting out of their cars.”