Absentee voting in Ingham Co. set to break records

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INGHAM CO., Mich. (WLNS) – With Election Day being only six days away, absentee ballot numbers are through the roof and many of our local clerks are saying this may be a record breaking year.

“So far, Ingham County has issued over 33,000 ballots,” said Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum.

That number is already up from the 2016 Presidential Election.

“Ingham County issued over 32,000 absentee ballots and we have a few more days until the election,” said Byrum.

Jessie Kue, a medical student from Okemos, won’t be in town on Election Day.

“I actually live in Detroit right now so it was actually kind of a hassle for me to come out here, so that goes to show how important it is to me,” said Kue.

She says if she can make the trip to vote ahead of time, others should too.

“If you can’t make it out on the actual Election Day then you have more opportunity for your voice to be heard, so get out and do it,” said Kue.

“We may have the highest turnout in Michigan recorded history,” said Meridian Township Clerk Brett Dreyfus.

Dreyfus says he thinks more people are heading to the polls because of what’s on the ballot, such as the proposals for legalizing recreational marijuana and ending gerrymandering in Michigan.

“It took a while to finally get it on the ballot, so these issues help to generate more voter turnout,” said Dreyfus.

But whether you’re voting absentee or going to your local precinct on Tuesday, Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope says no matter the circumstance, vote and make sure your voice is heard.

“We need to make sure that we’re voicing our concerns through that ballot box,” said Swope.

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