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.