2.6 million Michiganders have voted

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More than 2.6 million Michigan citizens have already voted in the Nov. 3 election. That’s nearly half the 5.08 million total turnout in the 2008 presidential election, which was the highest turnout in Michigan history.

“Michigan citizens are making their voices heard, confident that our elections will be an accurate reflection of the will of the people,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “Every valid absentee ballot will be counted by a pair of election workers – one from each major political party – trained to tally them without political bias.”

Benson also encouraged voters who would like to cast an absentee ballot but haven’t yet requested one, as well as voters who have requested an absentee ballot but have not yet received it, to visit their city or township clerk this weekend. There they can request, fill out, and submit an absentee ballot all in one trip.

Michigan law requires that city or township clerk offices be open a minimum of eight hours the weekend prior to Election Day.

Voters who already have their ballot can also fill it out at home, sign the back of the envelope and return it to a secure ballot drop box in their jurisdiction. If the drop box is not in their jurisdiction, the ballot will not be counted.

This close to Election Day, voters should not mail absentee ballots or request that they are mailed to them. Voters may give their ballot to immediate family or a member of their household to drop off for them. All ballots must be received by the voter’s city or township clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3.

Voters can track their absentee ballot and find their clerk’s hours, locations and drop boxes at Michigan.gov/Vote.

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