With a surge in absentee ballots, track early voting totals in Michigan here
A previous version of this story misstated the number of votes President Donald Trump won in 2016. The number has been corrected.
Amid a pandemic that is entering its second wave in Michigan and several other Midwestern states, voters are submitting their ballots early to avoid indoor spaces like polling centers on Election Day.
In 2020, more than 8 million Michigan residents have registered to vote, including over 210,000 in Ingham County. To defeat the state's voter turnout record of 65% set in 2016, more than 5.2 million of those registered voters must submit a ballot during this election.
In 2016, Donald Trump edged Hillary Clinton by 10,704 votes, a margin of less than 0.3% of more than 4.8 million votes in the state, a crucial win that helped Trump seal all 16 available electoral votes in the presidential election.
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As of Oct. 19, the final day to register to vote in Michigan unless you do so in-person with your county clerk, more than 1.5 million voters cast their ballot either by voting by submitting an absentee ballot by mail or hand-delivering it to the appropriate site, according to the Associated Press. In 2016, less than 1.3 million voters voted early in Michigan.
The sharp increase in absentee ballots this year means the total vote count may not complete until after Election Day, state officials say. Track the number of votes placed in Michigan and other states here this year compared to with the last two elections here:
Early voting in 2018, 2016 Elections
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2020 Election Guide
Nate Chute is a producer with the USA Today Network. Follow him on Twitter at @nchute