The conventional wisdom would tell you in this year's election--without a presidential bid on the ballot--the number of absentee ballots requested would be smaller, but in Lansing, they are on pace to pass the 2004 total, and nearly double the number from 2002.
"Already this year," says Clerk Chris Swope, "we're at 6,600 ballots."
Swope calls it interest paired with effort. He says not only are people invested in this election, but he's gone out of his way to inform people of their right to vote absentee at age 60.
"There could be some cliffhangers, so if we're increased voter turnout in the city of Lansing, I've done what I was elected to do."
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 2 pm on Saturday. They must be filed by 8 pm on Tuesday, November 7.
You may vote absentee is you are working at a polling place other than your own on election day, if you expect to be out of town, if you are in jail awaiting trial, if you can't make it to the polls on your own, if you're religion keeps you from the polls, or if you are over age 60.