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

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSirota: Biden has not fulfilled campaign promise of combating union-busting tactics Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents Progressives put Democrats on defense 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 BidenFour members of Sikh community among victims in Indianapolis shooting Overnight Health: NIH reverses Trump's ban on fetal tissue research | Biden investing .7B to fight virus variants | CDC panel to meet again Friday on J&J On The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes 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 ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' MORE. Polls heading into primary day showed Biden with a wide lead over Sanders.