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Washtenaw County Continues To See Increase In Voter Registration

Jan 8, 2021

The Washtenaw County Elections Department continues to see an increase in voter registration.  


Over 2,000 people in Washtenaw County registered to vote after the November 3rd, 2020 presidential election.  That’s an increase from just over 1,300 people in the county who registered two months after the 2016 presidential election.  Ed Golembiewski is the director of elections for the county and says while it’s difficult to credit specific social movements with the increase in voter registration, he says they’ve kept people engaged during a time when it’s easier to register to vote.

Ed Golembiewski: In fact, they’re automatically registered to vote now when they do business with the Secretary of State.  Registration can also be done online.

Residents in Michigan can also register to vote on Election Day.  Golembiewski adds that if the voter registration momentum continues, he expects local community groups to host additional voter registration drives throughout the year.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu