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Demand for absentee ballots increases in Michigan; registration deadline nears

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

There’s still more than a month before the November general election, but many Michigan voters are already getting their hands on the ballot.

Today, the Lansing City Clerk’s office mailed out 5,000 absentee ballots. The office sent electronic ballots to U.S. servicemen and women, and other overseas voters last week.

Clerk Chris Swope says demand for absentee ballots is bigger than normal, which he partially credits with the close race for governor.

“We’ve got a U.S. Senate race that’s close. We’ve got an open congressional district that covers the city of Lansing. I think there’s just some interest in what’s going on this year,” says Swope. “I always like it when voters care and want to get out and vote.”

Would-be voters only have until Oct. 6 to register to vote in November’s general election.   

“Your vote is your voice,” says Linda Hoff of the Flint Area League of Women Voters. “Voting empowers us to bring about positive change, to work for a brighter future for our children, our communities, and our country.”

The League of Women Voters has set up a websiteto help Michiganders register to vote and learn more about the issues and candidates on the November ballot.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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