The concern this time isn’t about voter turn-out. It’s about voter misinformation.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson wanted to remind residents that voting is underway in record numbers. However, both stated that outside groups will try to discourage or mislead Michigan voters through and up to Election Day.
Whitmer says Michigan has emerged as a leader in facilitating historic voting during the pandemic and the effort to inform voters has also required a historic effort to properly inform voters.
One of the misleading messages being publicized is that the longer a vote takes to count, the more sign it is of a problem with the integrity of the count. Whitmer says that’s not true.
“Our local election clerks across the state will be working to get the count right. And that’s what really matters.”
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says the misleading information won’t go away.
“I have no doubt that we’ll see an increase in the rhetoric that has poured into our states and other states, from around the country and around the world. The misinformation attacks have just one goal – to ensure or attempt to ensure that voters doubt the legitimacy of our election. But they will not succeed.”
Sixteen hundred election clerks will manage tens of thousands of election and poll workers who will be responsible for counting the ballots and ensuring their accuracy. Benson says they are committed to ensuring the highest of ethical standards when tallying the votes and their spirit of integrity will overcome any of the “lies and scare tactics” meant to intimidate them.
As of today, October 28, some 3.25 million state residents requested an absentee ballot and 2.4 million Michigan residents have already returned their absentee ballot.