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Michigan midterm election turnout is highest since 62


More than 4 million Michiganians cast ballots in Tuesdays midterm elections, the most for a gubernatorial race since 1962, according to the Secretary of States office.

A total of 3,632,365 Michiganians voted in the election outside of Wayne County, according to unofficial results recorded by the Michigan Secretary of State. Add to that voters in Wayne County, which had about 99 percent of its voting precincts counted by noon Wednesday, the number of people who voted on Election Day exceeds the 4 million mark.

The total is at least 52 percent of the states voting-age population — the most since 1962. Michigan has a total of about 7.5 million registered voters.

“It was a very large turnout for a midterm,” said Fred Woodhams, a Secretary of State spokesman. “Were still under a presidential election like we had two years ago, but for a midterm, it was a massive turnout.”

Michigan had a record 4.8 million in the 2016 presidential election.

On Tuesday, election officials said Michigan voters arrived at the polls in large numbers, despite a few snafus here and there.

Read: Weather, voting snafus cant dampen high election turnout

Wayne County is the states most populous county and has about 1.3 million registered voters, according to the Secretary of States Office.

Metro Detroits two other largest counties also saw high voter turnout for the election. 

As of 5 a.m. Wednesday and with 91 percent of its voting precincts reporting, the Wayne County Clerks Office said its unofficial results show 643,351, about half, of the countys 1.3 million registers voters cast ballots in the election.   

Macomb County had 367,868, or about 59 percent, of its 626,623 registered voters show up at the polls Tuesday, according to the Secretary of State.

In Oakland County, 609,099 residents elected officials and decided ballot questions. The county has 955,596 registered voters. That means nearly 64 percent of the countys voters cast ballots Tuesday.

“Overall, things ran very smoothly across the state,” Woodhams said. “There were some sporadic issues, like a jammed tabulator here and there, but there always are.

“There was nothing widespread, so were very pleased, and it was great to see so many Michigan residents making their voices heard on Election Day.”


Twitter: @CharlesERamirez

Associated Press contribted.

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