Strong Turnout in Michigan Early Voting as 1.77 Million Absentee Ballots Requested52% increase in absentee ballot requests since 2018, the last gubernatorial election, indicates strong early voting turnout as early voting is underway.

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

The Michigan Secretary of State’s Office reported that 1.77 million Michigan voters have requested absentee ballots as of October 22nd indicating a strong turnout in the upcoming election to vote for key statewide and state legislature offices.

This year, Michigan voters will choose key statewide leaders including Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, members of the state’s House of Representatives and the State Senate. Additionally, there are three ballot measures that would address: 1) changing existing term-limits laws and require better financial disclosure by state lawmakers and statewide office holders, 2) expand voting access in future elections, and 3) making reproductive freedom a right in the state constitution (and repealing a 1931 law that makes abortion a felony).

This surge in turnout marks a 52% increase for the same timeframe in 2018 when 1.16 were requested during the last gubernatorial election and before voters passed no-excuse absentee voting.

As a consequence of this adjustment of voting laws in 2018, 3.2 million mail-in ballots were cast in 2020, which also saw the second highest voter turnout in Michigan history. Indeed, in some counties, the number of absentee ballots requested is almost 50% the total number of votes cast for 2018.

In-person early voting has been underway since October 24th.