There are 7,495,216 people registered to vote in Michigan in the 2016 presidential elections. That’s more than 40,000 more than were registered in the last presidential election, according the Secretary of State’s Office. There are more voters registered now than in 2008, the previous record.
The deadline to register to vote in the November election was last week.
Some of the biggest registration surges came from counties with a large college-age population; Washtenaw, Ingham, Isabella, Marquette, and Kalamazoo counties.
Absentee voting is already underway. People who will be gone on Election Day or are older than 60 can vote absentee. Some cities, including Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Lansing, have extended office hours over the next three weeks to accommodate absentee voters.