Record 5.5M voted in Michigan; highest turnout rate in 60 years

Moe Jackson
Posted at 2:45 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 17:39:36-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than 5.5 million people voted in Michigan’s presidential election — the most ever and the highest percentage of voting-age residents to cast a ballot in 60 years.

The number of voters — in a pandemic — smashed the record of 5 million in 2008.

About 71% of those age 18 and older voted.

The only general election in the past 72 years with a larger portion was 1960.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Thursday it was “particularly inspiring and encouraging” that more than 28,000 people took advantage of a new option and registered and voted on Election Day.