The voter turnout this year is expected to be a higher than most previous years and even could be closer to a presidential election.
If you don’t feel like waiting or think you won’t have time to get to the polls, filling out an absentee ballot might be a good alternative. Experts are pushing for people to fill out absentee ballots to make sure they get their vote in and also reduce wait time on election day.
“I am encouraging people to vote by absentee ballot because we are expecting a very high voter turnout, in fact we are looking at perhaps making another order of ballots in Ingham county, so vote by absentee ballot if you qualify,” said Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum.
You do have to be qualified to vote, but Byrum says that it could be even that voter expecting to be out of town that day can qualify.
According to Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope, there are currently 82,000 people registered to vote in the city of Lansing right now and they are still processing registration forms.
“Well, I think it will be higher than most gubernatorial years. I think it’ll be pretty close to a presidential year, so I think we are seeing a lot of excitement amount voters this year,” said Swope.
Swope also mentioned that the golden time of short lines is approximately from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on election day.