Record number of voters register in Michigan

Posted: 6:59 PM, Oct 17, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-17 18:59:44-04

Michigan is seeing the highest number of voters ever for a presidential election.

A total of 7,495,216 people were registered to vote as of Mondaym according to the Secretary of State Office.

"We have to be prepared for record turnouts," said Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope.

Swope isn't wasting any time getting ready for the crowds. His team has already printed all the ballots, and is now checking over every ballot reader and doing test runs.

'With the age of the equipment we have we do anticipate that we will have some issues that will crop up on election day," Swope said. "We have a couple of extra tabulators in the city."

Swope says he's scheduling more poll workers during peaks hours which include the early morning, around lunch then from 5 until the polls close.

"If your schedule allows you to avoid those times that's helpful to you and the other voters," he added.

Sample ballots are also available on your local clerk's website, and Swope says voters should look those over and know who they're going to vote for before going to the polls.

Swope is also encouraging anyone who's qualified to vote using an absentee ballot this election. That includes people who are at least 60 years old because they make up about a third of the state's voters.

"The more people that we can get to vote absentee who are eligible the less stress it places on the polling places," Swope noted.

If eligible you can request an absentee ballot until the Saturday before election day.

Since Brandon Berens has to vote in person, he's hoping the lines won't be too long and he's focusing on the upsides to busier polls.

"I think that more people voting is a good thing and I'm not going to avoid it just cause we're getting a better idea of what the country wants," he said.