Record number of Michigan residents register to vote


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) – Data from the Michigan Secretary of State office shows nearly 7.5 million state residents have registered to vote – the highest number ever for a presidential election.

Our media partners at MLive report more than 120,500 people have been added to the voter registration rolls since July. The deadline to register to vote in Michigan was Oct. 11.

Census data from 2015 estimates Michigan has a little more than 7.7 million residents age 18 and older.

The latest numbers indicate an increase of more than 40,000 voters than in 2012 and nearly 10,500 more than in 2008, which previously held the registration record.

Some of the biggest registration surges came from counties with a large college-age population, including Washtenaw, Ingham, Isabella, Marquette, Houghton and Kalamazoo counties.

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