Sanders calls long lines at Michigan polling stations 'an outrage'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez's 2nd grade teacher tells her 'you've got this' ahead of DNC speech Trump and allies grapple with how to target Harris Chris Wallace: Kamala Harris 'not far to the left despite what Republicans are gonna try to say' MORE (I-Vt.) voiced his frustration over long lines at Michigan polling places and urged officials to extend the hours for voting if necessary in the state’s crucial primary.

Michigan is one of six states to vote on Tuesday, and Sanders's tweet comes amid reports of long lines at some polling stations in the state and wait times that were stretching into hours.

“At a time when Democrats correctly attack Republicans for voter suppression, it is disappointing to see people standing in long lines for hours today waiting to vote in Michigan and around the country. People should not have to miss a day of work to exercise their right to vote. This is an outrage,” Sanders said in a statement.


“Election officials must address these problems immediately, and if necessary, keep polling places open longer,” he added.

Sanders is facing a must-win contest in Michigan to arrest the momentum of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRon Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE. Most polls in the state were set to close at 8 p.m. ET.

By 8:10 p.m. ET, Biden was projected to win Mississippi and Missouri. 

Abshir Omar, the Sanders campaign’s Michigan political director, tweeted the story of a Michigan State University student who was forced to forgo voting and head to work after waiting in line for an hour.

The Detroit Free Press also reported that a line to register to vote at the East Lansing City Clerk’s Office stretched around the building and consisted mostly of college students, a key constituency the Sanders campaign is hoping votes in droves.

Sanders narrowly won the Michigan primary in a 2016 upset over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Harris make first public appearance as running mates Trump campaign spox rips GOP congressman over rejection of QAnon conspiracy Biden hits back after Trump's attacks on Harris MORE. Polls heading into primary day showed Biden with a wide lead over Sanders.