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More than 12,000 people have registered to vote on Election Day in Michigan

More than 12,000 people have registered to vote on Election Day in Michigan
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More than 12,500 people have registered to vote on Election Day in Michigan as more than 100 million people have already cast their ballots nationally.

As of 2:30 p.m., 12,530 people have taken part in the state’s same-day voter registration program, according to the office of the Michigan Secretary of State.

As MLive reports, Michigan voters were first allowed to register on the same day they voted during the presidential primaries in March. About 13,000 people voted then. Voters previously were required to register to vote at least 30 days before Election Day.

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The number of people registering to vote on Election Day may be lowered by the coronavirus pandemic, said Jake Rollow, a spokesperson for Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

Rollow also noted that a majority of voters who registered the day of the primary did so after 4 p.m., indicating many more people could still be registering later in the day.

Polling places in Michigan close at 8 p.m. and voters who are in line by 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

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