Absentee ballots way up in Michigan. Use this map to check your county.

High voter interest in Michigan

Michigan election clerks have sent out more than 1.1 million absentee ballots through Tuesday Oct. 30, a 53 percent increase over the same point in 2014, the last midterm election. The numbers also spiked but at a slightly lower level in Wayne and Macomb counties, two of the three most populous in the state. Click on a county to see rates and who the county has voted for in recent elections.

Source: Michigan Secretary of State

Michigan voters appear charged up for Tuesday’s election, with absentee ballots nearly half again as large as it was in 2014, the last midterm election.

Whether those numbers favor Republicans or Democrats is debatable: There are huge increases in normally Republican Kent County (though it’s been trending Democratic lately) and huge increases in Washtenaw County, a liberal bastion that includes Ann Arbor.

Statewide, the number of ballots sent out as of Tuesday, Oct. 30, was up 53 percent over 2014 to 1,121,623. That’s 390,600 ballots more than 2014’s 731,111. But it’s down 68,400 ballots from this point in 2016 (-6 percent); presidential elections typically have far higher turnout.

In the tri-county Metro Detroit region, which accounts for nearly 40 percent of the state’s population, absentee ballots were up 46 percent from 2014, a little less than the state average.

Overall interest this year has been high, with the August primary having the highest voter turnout ever for a gubernatorial primary.

Check out the map above to see how many ballots have been sent in each county.

Related: 2018 Bridge Michigan Voter Guide: Links to our relevant election coverage

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Geoffrey Owen
Thu, 11/01/2018 - 9:06pm

I was at the post office picking up a letter. I asked the clerk if I needed extra postage for my ballot. The clerk said one stamp was good and I mailed the ballors for myself and my wife. A few days later I was with a friend who had her ballot and it had 71 cents marked by the postage square. I went to the township clerks office and verified that my ballots were received. Another person at the counter said her ballot in Farmington Hills was marked 68 cents. I find the confusion disturbing, as well as the fact that the ballot is not postage paid.