Absentee voting up in Michigan, Grand Rapids

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — With four days until the election, local elections officials released absentee voting numbers.

If the numbers are any indication, turnout could be huge. As of Friday, 1.2 million absentee ballots were issued, and 892,000 have been returned. Compared to 2012, about 30,000 less were issued and 90,000 had been returned.

Election officials in Grand Rapids are saying this election will be much larger than four years ago. Nearly 16,000 absentee ballots were sent out. As of 9 a.m. Friday, 13,072 ballots had been returned. In 2012, the city received a total of 13,700 absentee ballots.

Other Kent County cities are also seeing a lot more absentee ballots this year. In Kentwood, election officials say they are up about 900 ballots from 2012. Rockford had 640 ballots in the last presidential election, but this year they have about 1,000 already returned.

In Kalamazoo, they have issued a thousand more absentee ballots this year than 2012, and they already have more returned. Officials say the turnout is expected to very high.

The city of Muskegon says the numbers are similar to what they saw four years ago.

Ottawa County has received nearly 28,000, a jump of about 7,000 in issued absentee ballots.

Some election officials advise if you still have your ballot, don’t mail it and turn it in person.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are virtually tied in Michigan, according to an EPIC-MRA poll released Friday that was commissioned by the Detroit Free Press.

Among those surveyed between Nov. 1 and Nov. 3, 42 percent said they sided with Clinton and 38 percent went with Trump, making the race a tie when you factor in the 4 percent margin of error.

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