These Michigan communities are turning in the most absentee ballot so far

Joanna Estrada
October 16, 2020

Wake County Lake Lynn Community Center in NW Raleigh has over 400 people in line to early vote at 7:50 am. "Every ballot that is sent out has a barcode on it, so they track it", said Cornell Clayton, director of WSU's Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service.

City Clerk Casey Carl said the city has issued 155,195 mail-in absentee ballots, almost seven times the number they had issued at the same point in the 2016 presidential election. These other aspects of the voting regime are thus irrelevant to voters who have already cast their absentee ballot, and unbeknownst to them, had their ballots rejected.

Republicans, who claim postal voting is vulnerable to fraud, say Democrats may win the early vote, but that Republicans will show up in large numbers on election day.

If you haven't registered to vote yet, then go immediately to, where a few easy steps, including providing your social security number or the number on your Colorado ID, should do the trick.

Because Democrats have poured enormous efforts into harvesting mail-in ballots, the share of votes by mail will likely hit 15 percent or more when all the ballots are counted.

A vendor contracted by the Clinton County Board of Elections to mail absentee ballots to voters for the November 3, 2020 General Election has experienced several issues that have caused delays in getting the ballots to voters in Clinton County and other OH counties working with the vendor.

Nationally, more than 17 million Americans have already voted across 42 states, a number that smashes previous records, and has been driven by Democratic turnout and changes to how people vote because of COVID-19, according to the Associated Press.

So what happens when a mail-in ballot gets flagged as invalid?

Election officials say the huge numbers of mail-in ballots could make counting the votes more complicated and mean longer waits to determine the outcome of close races.

MI eclipsed 1 million submitted absentee ballots on Tuesday, Oct. 13, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said.

According to an analysis from NPR, the 2020 presidential primaries saw more than 550,000 ballots rejected all across the country, a large increase from the 318,728 ballots rejected in the 2016 general election. An article from the National Conference of State Legislatures compiled a list of each state's plans for absentee voting in 2020. That figure is shy of the 2016 record of 503,000 returned absentee ballots - but there are still seventeen days before the return deadline. Early voting began October 12 and runs through October 30.

Rivett said her office has received and processed about 6,000 mail-in applications. After that, voters should use one of the official drop box sites to turn their ballot in.

But the ballots aren't the only remarkable aspect of this year's election.

For more information, see the Miami-Dade elections office vote-by-mail page. But voter registration tells a different story: Republicans have added hundreds of thousands more voters to their ranks across the swing states of Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

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