Record 5.5M Voted In Michigan; Highest Turnout Percentage In 60 Years

Nov 5, 2020

People yell as they look through the windows of the central counting board as police were helping to keep others from entering due to overcrowding, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Detroit.
Credit (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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.