Michigan Secretary of State's office prepare for November election

Sep 10, 2020

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With about eight weeks to go until the November election, the Michigan Secretary of State’s office says local clerks are seeing unprecedented demand for absentee ballots.

In the August Primary, the Secretary of State’s office says a record setting two million 65 thousand absentee ballots were requested. Spokesperson Jake Rollow says for the upcoming election voters have already asked for two million 100 thousand ballots.

“That is a record high. That’s more than have ever been requested in any Michigan election," said Rollow. "And that’s more – not just at the 8 week mark – but more than the final number in any Michigan election.”

Rollow says residents already on a permanent Absentee Voter List are being mailed applications but they will still need to return them in order to receive ballots. Clerks will begin mailing out ballots on September 24th. Early voting is allowed to start that same day.