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Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in the November election

sign that says "vote here"
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

The November election is weeks away, and Tuesday is the last day for Michigan residents to register to vote.

The election will decide the state’s next governor, attorney general and secretary of state among many other races.

State House and Senate, U.S. Senate and ballot initiatives – oh my.

After a high turnout in the primary, Michigan’s former state Elections Director is predicting about four million voters will head to the polls on November 6th – which would be a pretty high turnout for a midterm.

Fred Woodhams is with the Secretary of State’s office. He says as far as the number of people registered to vote, it’ll be about the same as it was in 2014.

“We didn’t see four million turn out then, but clearly people are very engaged. The primary broke some records,” he says.

Multiple voting groups have focused on increasing young voter turnout. Woodhams says his office has also tried to register more young voters.

“Secretary of State Ruth Johnson did send the mobile office on a 3,000 mile tour across the state to Michigan’s public colleges and universities. Visited 18 campuses, signed up hundreds of young people to vote,” says Woodhams.

If you want your voice to be heard, you have to get to your local Secretary of State’s office or local clerk’s office to register. You can also view your sample ballot and get other information on voting here

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R