Clinton to campaign Monday in Detroit

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will make a personal push for boosting Michigan’s voter registration rolls on Monday with a campaign visit to Detroit.

The former secretary of state will hold a 2:45 p.m. rally Monday at the Matthaei Center on the campus of Wayne State University. Clinton’s trip to Michigan will be the day after she faces Republican rival Donald Trump in a second debate at Washington University in St. Louis.

Tuesday is the deadline in Michigan to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election — and the Clinton campaign is making a big push to sign up new voters.

Voter registration numbers in Michigan lag the number of residents who were eligible to vote in the 2012 presidential election. As of Thursday, there were 7,444,078  registered voters in the state, approximately 10,455 fewer eligible voters than in the 2012 election, according to Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office.

The 2008 election was the high-water mark for voter registration in state history at 7.47 million — a 98.1 percent registration rate among the voting age population.

Voter registration numbers vary as people die or leave the state.

The drop in the number of registered voters is due, in part, to Johnson’s “efforts to remove the deadwood from the voter lists,” said Fred Woodhams, Secretary of State spokesman.

The Clinton campaign is not divulging how many new voters they have registered through a series of drives in Detroit and college universities.

The Michigan Republican Party is not registering voters since 94 percent of voting-age citizens are registered, spokeswoman Sarah Anderson said, “so we do not feel like this is a valuable use of our efforts.” The party does help unregistered supporters when they are discovered, she said.

“The continued emphasis on registering new voters in Michigan from the Clinton campaign is ... not a worthwhile undertaking,” Anderson said, “so we encourage them to continue spending their time doing so.”

Clinton’s trip to Detroit marks her first time campaigning in Michigan since she gave an Aug. 11 economics speech at an aerospace manufacturing facility in Warren.

Voter registration

Michigan residents who are 18 or older and U.S. citizens can register to vote through Tuesday, Oct. 11.

At, residents can find information about registering to vote and voting, polling place locations, state and local ballots, the candidates and other issues. Local clerks also can help with questions about voter registration. First-time voters can’t vote by absentee ballot; they must vote in person and provide proof of identification.