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MichiganVoting.org Coalition Thanks Voters, Election Workers, and Urges Patience as Historically High Number of Absentee Ballots are Counted

DETROIT, Nov. 4, 2020: The MichiganVoting.Org Coalition thanks every single voter who cast their ballot and ensured their voice was heard in this election. There was historically high early voter turnout during the 40 days of early voting in Michigan. The Coalition thanks the election officials and poll workers statewide. As the frontline workers of our democracy, they ensured the voting process was safe and secure.

As we wait for the statewide vote count, MichiganVoting.org calls for calm and patience among Michigan voters and news outlets as every vote is accurately counted. This orderly process of tabulating absentee ballots and validating vote totals proceeds under the supervision of state and local officials, as well as observers and representatives from both major parties.  

“We have seen a substantial increase in voters participating in the democratic process over the last 40 days, and so we must also be prepared to take the time to follow our election process and have confidence that every eligible vote has been received and counted,” said Rebeka Islam, APIA Vote-Michigan executive director. “No matter the outcome in this election, the ability for more voters to participate in this election through expanded access to early voting, same-day registration, and in-person voting without fear of obstruction or intimidation is a victory we can all take pride in.” 

The coalition thanks Michigan voters again for enabling historically high voter turnout through the passage of Proposal 3 in 2018. This made the ballot the most accessible it has ever been in Michigan by providing new opportunities to vote by no-reason absentee ballot and same-day voter registration. We are especially grateful to our election officials, poll workers, and volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure that voting in Michigan was safe, fair, and accessible. In many cases, these frontline workers of our democracy worked late into the night and got up early this morning to make sure that every eligible vote is counted.

As in every election, official vote numbers are not validated until every vote from each precinct has been counted, including mail-in, military, and provisional ballots. Though media outlets may report projected results, the actual count is always expected to take days to complete and weeks to certify, allowing local officials to ensure that all procedures are followed to legally validate every vote cast. 

The MichiganVoting.org Coalition is a statewide, nonpartisan outreach program made up of more than 100 partners and organizations, which aims to expand access to voting among historically disenfranchised communities. Among their education and outreach efforts for the 2020 general election is the ‘40 Days of Early Voting’ campaign, which contributed to more Michiganders voting by mail this year than ever before. Michigan’s rate of voters successfully submitting their absentee ballots has been one of the highest in the country for the 2020 general election.   

EDITOR’S NOTE: About the ACLU of Michigan
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is a nonpartisan nonprofit that is leading the fight to defend and preserve the rights our Constitution and laws guarantee all people. Its mission remains realizing the promise of the Bill of Rights for all and expanding the reach of its guarantees to new areas through public education, advocacy, organizing, and litigation. To learn more, visit www.aclumich.org


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