See 2020 Election Turnout by Michigan County Compared to 2016

A total of 5,568,097 Michigan ballots were cast in Tuesday’s election, breaking the state’s previous record of 5,039,080 set in November 2008.

This week’s total is also 14% higher than the 4,874,619 ballots cast in November 2016.

A total of 71% of Michigan adults ages 18 and older participated in the 2020 presidential election, the highest percentage since 1960, when 73% participated in the election that pitted John F. Kennedy against Richard Nixon. (Kennedy won Michigan that year, with 51% of the state vote.)

This 71% is also, by far, the highest percentage since the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 in 1970. This caused the percentage turnout to plummet due to low voter turnout among young adults.

Around 3.2 million people voted by mail in this week’s election, around 57% of the total votes cast.

Here’s a look at voter turnout by county in 2020 compared to 2016, shaded by the percentage change. You can hover your cursor over a county to see the numbers behind it. (Don’t see the map? Click here.)

A few takeaways from the data:

1. Only one county recorded a decline.

Dickinson County in the Upper Peninsula was the only county with fewer votes in November 2020 compared to 2016, and that decrease was minimal – the county counted 13,325 ballots this week, down 34 from 2016 .

2. The five counties with the largest percentage increases:

  • Luce, from 2,624 in 2016 to 3,795 in 2020, up 45%;
  • Huron, from 15,167 in 2016 to 18,557 in 2020, up 22%;
  • Mecosta, from 17,392 in 2016 to 21,159 in 2020, up 22%;
  • Jackson, from 70,701 in 2016 to 85,449 in 2020, up 21%;
  • Clare, from 13,588 in 2016 to 16,375 in 2020, an increase of 21%.

3. The five counties with the lowest percentage increases:

  • Bay, from 53,745 in 2016 to 54,296 in 2020, up 1%;
  • Newaygo, from 26,959 in 2016 to 27,323 in 2020, up 1.4%;
  • Keweenaw, from 1,465 in 2016 to 1,566 in 2020, up 6.9%;
  • Ontonagon, from 3,531 in 2016 to 3,833 in 2020, an increase of 8.6%;
  • Saginaw, from 95,604 in 2016 to 103,991 in 2020, an increase of 8.8%.

4. Wayne County saw a 10% increase.

Wayne County, which is Michigan’s largest county and includes Detroit, grew from 788,459 voters in 2016 to 867,409 in 2020.

The number of ballots in Wayne was slightly higher than the votes cast in Michigan’s 55 smaller counties.

About 39% of Michigan’s ballots were cast in the Detroit Tri-County metro area of ​​Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Oakland saw a 15% increase in turnout over 2016 and Macomb was up 18%.

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