More than 2.5 million have applied for absentee ballots

Michigan voters have already requested 2.5 million absentee ballots ahead of the Nov. 3 general election, a 350 percent increase compared to 36 days before the 2016 general election.

Clerks have issued two million ballots, a 400 percent increase.

“Voting absentee is a safe and secure option, and I encourage all voters who have requested a ballot to fill it out, sign the back of the envelope, and return it as soon as possible by mailing it or hand-delivering it to their clerk’s office or drop box,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

Michigan voters can find their clerk’s information and request to have an absentee ballot sent to them at

They can also vote early by going to their local election clerk’s office and requesting an absentee ballot, filling it out, and submitting it all in one trip.

Voters who have already requested an absentee ballot by mail are encouraged to wait for the ballot to arrive by mail rather than visiting the clerk’s office.

Through Oct. 19, residents with a Michigan driver’s license or state identification card can register online at or by mail.

Residents with or without a Michigan ID can register in person at local clerk offices through Election Day.

At the clerk’s office, residents can register and vote in one trip.

After Oct. 19, to register for the November election, those without a Michigan ID, including students who have a campus address, must bring one document proving residency, including name and address, in digital or paper form.


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