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Poll workers ramping up for Election Day in Michigan

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

Poll workers are pre-processing absentee ballots in some Michigan cities ahead of Tuesday’s election under a new law.

More than 2.9 million ballots have already been cast in Michigan.

More than 30,000 poll workers have been recruited for this year’s election.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says they have about 2,000 individuals prepared to go anywhere they are needed.

Clerks’ offices in Detroit and Flint are among those getting extra help. 

Many are busy pre-processing ballots filed before Election Day. Clerks in municipalities with more than 25,000 people can do this pre-processing. It includes removing the ballot from the outer envelope.

The actual ballots can not be counted until Election Day.

Benson says the pre-processing is helping election workers "work through the kinks."

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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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