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Michigan sees a surge in absentee ballots for midterm

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Election day is a week away. But over one million people have already voted in Michigan by submitting their absentee ballot. That’s out of nearly two million absentee ballots that were requested.

The Michigan Department of State’s Jake Rollow said if an absentee ballot has not been mailed back yet, it’s better to put it in a dropbox or take it to a local clerk’s office now.

“We do not recommend that voters who have absentee ballots in hand that they return them by US Postal Service just because of the potential for postal service delays although we're not aware of any such delays at this point this year," he said.

Rollow said about 40 municipalities – including the City of Detroit – will pre-process absentee ballots to streamline counting on election day.

He said the complete unofficial results are not expected until at least 24-hours after polls close on November 8th.

Russ McNamara is a reporter and host of All Things Considered for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news to the station’s loyal listeners. McNamara has been working in radio since he was 17 - and in news since 2012. He also worked as play-by-play announcer for Wayne State University basketball for seven years. Born in the Upper Peninsula, McNamara is a lifelong Michigander. He is a 2002 graduate of Central Michigan University’s Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Program.