The Primary Election broke records The People have spoken

At the polls & absentee ballots


August 6, 2020

ERIC SABREE Wayne County Treasurer

Over 2.5 million Michigan voters participated in Tuesday's election, a record turnout for an August primary.

About two-thirds of voters used an absentee ballot, another record.

Tuesday's vote total was 2,515,882. That's 13% higher than the previous record of 2,2 million set in the 2018 August primary -- and 79% higher than the 1.4 million ballots cast in August 2016.

This week's number also exceeded the 2.3 million ballots cast in the March presidential primary.

The large numbers of voters suggests there will be a huge turnout in November. It is estimated that 6 million ballots will be cast in...

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