What Do Absentee Voting Returns Tell Us About What to Expect for the Election?

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Dennis Darnoi

It’s Election Day! Polls are open across Michigan from 7 am to 8 pm.

It’s too early to know exactly what results will looks like. But there’s at least some data that can tell us a bit about what to expect.

Dennis Darnoi is a Republican political consultant who tracks absentee ballot returns. So far, we’re seeing very high rates of absentee ballot returns.

Darnoi joins Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about what the early data tells us and about what kinds of people are sending back ballots at especially high rates.

If all things are equal, we should see record turnout today,” says Darnoi. “The expectation of 3.8 million in 2006 is going to be surpassed this go around.”

Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation.

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This post is a part of 2018 Elections in Michigan.

On November 6, Michigan voters will decide who will be the state's new governor, attorney general and secretary of state. Some state House and Senate seats are up for grabs, and numerous initiatives are expected on ballots.

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