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State has sent more than 1.6 million absentee ballots for August primary

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Posted at 1:04 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 13:04:32-04

(WXYZ) — The Michigan Department of State said there have been more than 1.6 million absentee ballots sent to voters ahead of the Aug. 4 state primary.

Related: How to register to vote in Michigan

According to the state department, there have been more than 300,000 absentee ballots returned already. That's more than double the number of ballots returned at the same time in 2016.

Related: How to get an absentee ballot in Michigan

In all, there were 1,718,384 absentee applications received with just three weeks until the election. That's up more than 360% compared to 2016 when there were 475,046 applications.

Related: Michigan election resources

The number of ballots returned is also up nearly 240% with 323,657 returned this year compared to 134,900 in 2016.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced she would send absentee ballot applications to all registered voters in Michigan,

There is also less than a week left to register to vote online for the August primary at Michigan.gov/vote, and once registered, you can request an absentee ballot. People can also register in person at their local clerk through election day.