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Some Royal Oak voters could face parking issues

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Posted at 3:09 PM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 16:31:13-05

Parking issues due to a concert in Royal Oak? That's something you might hear about on a summer night in the city's bustling downtown. On this presidential primary election day, Royal Oak is urging some voters who live far from the city's downtown to vote early.

The city issued notices to residents on email, Facebook and their website. An all-city band concert is scheduled for election night at Royal Oak High School.

Voters in two Royal Oak precincts - 17 and 20 - cast their ballots at the high school.

"Precinct 17 & 20 voters are strongly urged to vote before 5:30 p.m., if possible, to minimize parking woes during the concert," an email to city residents said.

In the email, Royal Oak explained plans to reserve a number of parking spots at the high school for voters. Police will also be on hand to help with parking and traffic.

Throughout Michigan, polls close at 8 p.m. Royal Oak's all-city band concert is scheduled to go from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight.

Royal Oak's note to residents offered these tips to voters and concert-goers:

If you vote in Precinct 17 or 20 at Royal Oak High School:

• Be aware an all-city band concert will take place on Tuesday, March 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• Be sure to use the “Voter Only Parking” spaces between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on the Lexington-side of Royal Oak High School near the entrance to the auxiliary gymnasium.
• Precinct 17 & 20 voters are strongly urged to vote before 5:30 p.m., if possible.

If you plan to attend the All-City Band Concert:

• Be aware that Precinct Polls 17 & 20 (at Royal Oak High School) will be open until 8 p.m. on Election Day, March 8.
• Under no circumstances should concert-goers park in spaces marked “Voter Parking Only” in the Lexington parking lot near the auxiliary gymnasium. The Royal Oak Police Department will be on hand to minimize any confusion.