2.6 million voters already cast a ballot in Michigan, but Detroit's turnout is low so far

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With a few days before Election day, more than 2.6 million Michigan residents – or more than a third of the registered voters – have already cast a ballot, according to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

About 3.3 million absentee ballots have been requested.

Election officials expect a record-breaking number of people will vote in the presidential election. The current record is 5.1 million in the 2008 presidential election, when 66.2% of registered voters cast a ballot.

“Michigan citizens are making their voices heard, confident that our elections will be an accurate reflection of the will of the people,” Benson said in a statement. “Every valid absentee ballot will be counted by a pair of election workers – one from each major political party – trained to tally them without political bias.”

Turnout isn’t high in Detroit, though, and that could spell trouble for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Detroit officials are estimating a 50% voter turnout.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton won 95% of the vote in Detroit.

Donald Trump defeated Clinton in Michigan by just 0.2% of the vote, or some 10,000 votes.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling is an award-winning investigative journalist who operated Motor City Muckraker, an online news site devoted to exposing abuses of power and holding public officials accountable. Neavling also hosted Muckraker Report on 910AM from September 2017 to July 2018. Before launching Motor City Muckraker,...
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