Poll: Voting in this election?
In the City of Marquette, 1,870 absentee ballots were issued in 2008, the last presidential election. As of Thursday morning, 2,120 had been issued. The clerk's office estimated that about 20 percent of city ballots cast in this year's election will be through the absent voter process.
In Chocolay Township, 948 absentee ballots were requested in 2008, with 1,053 going out this year as of Wednesday. Local clerks said an aging population is one reason for the jump.
"From the Secretary of State's office, there's been some movement toward helping people use the absent voter process," said Marquette City Clerk, David Bleau.
Marquette County Clerk, Peter Dishnow, added, "I believe the parties themselves have been kind of pushing an absent voter or early voting process."
It remains to be seen what affect the large number of absent voters will have on Tuesday's turnout.
If you aren't able to make it to the polls on Tuesday and still want to vote, there is one last opportunity. State law requires city and township offices to have ballots available through 4 p.m. Monday, but they must be filled out at the clerk's office.
Tonight in the Daily Pulse we're wondering: Are you planning on voting in this election? Yes or no? Why or why not?