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Clerks across Michigan urge voters to turn in their absentee ballots

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As of mid-day Sunday, nearly 70% of the county’s requested absentee ballots had been returned. That’s a lower return rate compared to that point before the election four years ago.

With polls set to close at the end of the day tomorrow, clerks across Michigan are urging voters to turn in their absentee ballots.

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum said, as of mid-day Sunday, nearly 70% of the county’s requested absentee ballots had been returned. That’s a lower return rate compared to that point before the election four years ago. But, as Byrum notes, a greater number of voters overall are now requesting the ballots since Michigan expanded at-home voting options.

“After the passage of proposal three, back in 2018, we have seen an increase in voting by absentee ballots, the safe, secure way to vote, just like voting in person is safe and secure,” said Byrum.

Voters have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to register to vote. Any absentee ballots must be returned by that time to a clerk’s office or an official drop box.

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