The Big Truth
You deserve to know the truth
about the 2020 election
In 2020, more than 5.5 million ballots were cast in Michigan’s presidential election, breaking all previous turnout records in the state. Michigan’s high voter turnout was possible because of expanded voting rights enshrined in Michigan’s Constitution following the Proposal 3 ballot measure in 2018.
Unfortunately, “increased political polarization of our nation has resulted in increasing public discontentment with the administration, and therefore results, of our elections.” The national attempt to use falsehoods and propaganda to undermine the results of the 2020 election has become known as “The Big Lie.”
The Michigan Senate Oversight Committee conducted a full investigation led by Senator Edward McBroom (R), Senator Lana Theis (R), Senator Jeff Irwin (D), and Senator John Bizon (R) . This Republican-led investigation, along with hundreds of local and state audits, debunked the outrageous claims made by proponents of The Big Lie.
- More than 5.5 million ballots were cast, breaking the previous record set in 2008
- 71% of MI adults 18 and over participated in the 2020 presidential election, which is the highest percentage since the 1960 presidential election (Kennedy vs. Nixon)
- About 3.3 million people voted by absentee ballot, representing 60% of the total ballots cast. Of these absentee ballots, less than 0.5% were rejected
Continue reading below to uncover the truth for yourself.
Most claims of deceased individuals voting were false.
The two instances of deceased individuals voting were due to clerical and timing errors. The clerical error was due to a son who shared a name with his deceased father and the timing error was due to a woman who passed away before Election Day but after she sent in her absentee ballot.
The Secretary of State has an effective process to identify and remove ballots of voters who returned their ballots but died before Election Day. According to the Senate Oversight Committee Report, “the secretary of state and clerks were able to discover and remove approximately 3,500 absentee ballots submitted by voters while they were alive but died before Election Day, which is a commendable accomplishment.” (Michigan Senate Oversight Committee, page 9).
Report on the November 2020 Election in Michigan (Michigan Senate Oversight Committee, June 2021)
More than 250 audits confirm accuracy and integrity of Michigan's election (Office of the Michigan Secretary of State, March 2, 2021)
Audits of the November 3, 2020 Election (Michigan Department of State, April 21, 2021)
Michigan Republicans Debunk Voter Fraud Claims in Unsparing Report (The New York Times, June 23, 2021)
See 2020 election turnout by Michigan county compared to 2016 (MLive, November 05, 2020)
Few Michigan absentee ballots rejected amid record voter turnout in 2020 election (Click on Detroit December 2, 2020)
Michigan Voter Registration Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible to register to vote you must be:
- A Michigan resident (at the time you register) and a resident of your city or township for at least 30 days (when you vote)
- A United States citizen
- At least 18 years of age (when you vote)
- Not currently serving a sentence in jail or prison
Eligible individuals may register to vote online through the Michigan Secretary of State portal by providing their Michigan driver’s license or state ID number, their eye color as listed on their license or state ID, and the last four digits of their social security number. When using this system, one must also authorize the cancellation of any previous voter registration.
Complete instructions are available at the Michigan Secretary of State website.
The Big Truth is a project of Voters Not Politicians.