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Michigan, Ohio secretaries of state place bet on 2020 voter turnout at Michigan vs. Ohio State football game

They made the bet at the University of Michigan vs. Ohio State football game, but it has nothing to do with sports.
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Democratic Michigan Secretary of State candidate Jocelyn Benson waits to be introduced during a campaign rally, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose made a friendly bet at the University of Michigan vs. Ohio State football game Saturday, but it didn't have anything to do with football.

They bet that their state would have a higher voter turnout percentage in the 2020 general election. If Michigan has a higher turnout, LaRose would have to wear maize and blue and sing the Michigan fight song at next year's Michigan vs. Ohio State football game.

If Ohio beats Michigan in voter turnout, Benson will wear scarlet and grey and sign the Ohio State fight song.

“Your vote is your voice and we want all voters to understand that their vote matters next fall and in every election,” said Secretary Benson. “I know my fellow Michiganders won’t let me down and will turn out to vote in very large numbers next November.”

In the past, Michigan and Ohio have had close turnout rates. Both states had a 64% turnout rate in 2016, and in 2018, Ohio a higher percentage of voter turnout at 60% to Michigan's 53%. 

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