Absentee Voter Requests Set New Record

Another record broken when it comes to how many people plan to vote absentee in November. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says as of Tuesday this week, more than 2.1 million have requested an absentee ballot, passing the August primary record of 2 million requests. Of the 2.1 million requests, about 1.7 million came in since August 5, which is the day after the primary. For more than a year, Secretary Benson has called on the legislature to allow clerks to process absentee ballots before Election Day, as is done in at least 18 other states. The Bipartisan Policy Center recommends clerks start processing absentee ballots at least seven days before Election Day.