vote http://michiganradio.org en Monday is the deadline to register to vote in Michigan primary http://michiganradio.org/post/monday-deadline-register-vote-michigan-primary <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The deadline to register to vote in Michigan's primary is today.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">On Aug.&nbsp;5, </span>Michiganders<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> will vote in the party primaries for state House and Senate seats.</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18226 at http://michiganradio.org Monday is the deadline to register to vote in Michigan primary One week until deadline to vote on Detroit's bankruptcy settlement. Where do things stand? http://michiganradio.org/post/one-week-until-deadline-vote-detroits-bankruptcy-settlement-where-do-things-stand <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The clock is ticking.</span></p><p>Detroit's bankruptcy settlement has gotten through the State Legislature and the private foundations. Now it's all up to 32,000 city employees and retirees.</p><p>They're being asked to say "yes" to having their pensions cut, and promising not to sue the city.</p><p>In return, the pension cuts will not be as severe as they would be under what's become known as the Grand Bargain.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Detroit reporter Sarah Cwiek joined us on Stateside. She explained the transparency issue surrounding the voting process, what the different classifications of retirees mean, and what we should keep our eyes on, during next week leading up to the July 11<sup>th</sup> deadline.</p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">*Listen to full interview above.</em></p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 13:49:12 +0000 Stateside Staff 18262 at http://michiganradio.org One week until deadline to vote on Detroit's bankruptcy settlement. Where do things stand? How can our voting system be improved? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-can-our-voting-system-be-improved <p>During his recent State of the Union speech, President Obama made passing mention of our voting system.</p><p>"Citizenship means standing up for everyone’s right to vote. Last year, part of the Voting Rights Act was weakened.&nbsp; But conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats are working together to strengthen it, and the bipartisan commission I appointed last year has offered reforms so that no one has to wait more than a half hour to vote.&nbsp; Let’s support these efforts.&nbsp; It should be the power of our vote, not the size of our bank account, that drives our democracy."</p><p>So, the voting system is on the president's mind. So, too, is it on the mind of Michigan Radio's political commentator Jack Lessenberry. He joined us today to discuss the problems he has noticed with our voting system.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:07:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 16336 at http://michiganradio.org How can our voting system be improved? Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith talks about the Saugatuck-Douglas vote http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radios-lindsey-smith-talks-about-saugatuck-douglas-vote <p>We turn now to the West Side of the state.</p><p>That's where Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith has been following a ballot proposal calling for the merger of Saugatuck and Douglas, two smaller cities just south of Holland.</p><p>Lindsey Smith joined us today to talk about what the voters said.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:45:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 15162 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith talks about the Saugatuck-Douglas vote Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody talks about votes to decriminalize marijuana http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radios-steve-carmody-talks-about-votes-decriminalize-marijuana <p>Marijuana was on the ballot on Lansing, Jackson and Ferndale, and voters in all three cities said "yes" to decriminalizing pot.</p><p>Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody joined us today to talk about the impact of this vote.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:38:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 15163 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody talks about votes to decriminalize marijuana State lawmakers to discuss changing when millage elections are held http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-discuss-changing-when-millage-elections-are-held <p>Some state lawmakers want to limit when local governments can hold property tax elections.</p><p>Right now, People in Michigan can find themselves voting on <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/taxes/0,1607,7-238-43715-154015--F,00.html">millages</a> in February, May, August or November each year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:19:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15099 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmakers to discuss changing when millage elections are held Deadline looming to register to vote in August election http://michiganradio.org/post/deadline-looming-register-vote-august-election <p>Monday is the deadline to register to vote for the 56 local elections in Michigan this August.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Elections range from local primaries to school boards to city council votes.</p><p></p><p>The Michigan Secretary of State is urging Michiganders to get out to vote in their local elections.</p><p></p><p>Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams says local elections often affect voters most directly.</p><p></p> Sun, 07 Jul 2013 16:51:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13403 at http://michiganradio.org Deadline looming to register to vote in August election US Supreme Court ruling not likely to change Michigan's citizenship 'affirmation' for voters http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-ruling-not-likely-change-michigans-citizenship-affirmation-voters <p>Michigan voters will probably still need to affirm their citizenship before they cast ballots. &nbsp;&nbsp;That's despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling today.</p><p></p><p>The nation’s highest court struck down an Arizona law that required individuals to prove their citizenship status when they registered to vote.</p><p></p><p>Michigan requires voters to ‘affirm’ their citizenship status, but not necessarily provide proof.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:47:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 13092 at http://michiganradio.org US Supreme Court ruling not likely to change Michigan's citizenship 'affirmation' for voters Michigan voters will be casting ballots on Tuesday http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-voters-will-be-casting-ballots-tuesday <p>Michigan voters go to the polls on Tuesday.</p><p></p><p>School bond issues dominate the ballot in most of Michigan.</p><p></p><p>For example, Kalamazoo voters are being asked to decide on a $62 million bond request. If voters give their OK, the district would spend most of the money on maintaining city school buildings.</p><p></p><p>There are a few elected offices on the ballot of note.</p><p></p><p>In Genesee County, voters are picking a new state senator. Former senator John Gleason stepped down after winning the Genesee County clerk’s election last fall.</p><p></p> Sun, 05 May 2013 19:09:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12399 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan voters will be casting ballots on Tuesday Flint voters set to decide property tax hike on Tuesday http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-voters-set-decide-property-tax-hike-tuesday <p>The man leading the ‘vote Yes’ campaign is optimistic Flint voters will approve a big millage increase on Tuesday.</p><p></p><p>Pastor Timothy Stokes says “at the end of the day, everyone’s concerned about public safety.”</p><p></p><p>Stokes is the chairman of the ‘Yes to Police and Fire Protection Committee’. &nbsp;The group has been campaigning for the passage of a six mill property tax increase that’s on Tuesday’s ballot.</p><p></p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 13:59:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 9769 at http://michiganradio.org Flint voters set to decide property tax hike on Tuesday Is it time to reconsider the way Michigan puts referendums and amendments on the ballot? http://michiganradio.org/post/it-time-reconsider-way-michigan-puts-referendums-and-amendments-ballot <p>Michigan voters should know by September 7th how many statewide ballot questions and referendums will appear on the November ballot.</p><p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8911 at http://michiganradio.org Is it time to reconsider the way Michigan puts referendums and amendments on the ballot? Judge allows wiggle room on some absentee ballots http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-allows-wiggle-room-some-absentee-ballots <p>Local governments that missed a June deadline to send absentee ballots to Michigan members of the armed forces still can count the votes if they&#39;re returned after Tuesday.<br /><br />A federal judge in Grand Rapids approved a compromise Monday between the U.S. Justice Department and the state of Michigan. The government filed a lawsuit after learning that dozens of clerks missed the deadline.<br /> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 15:09:10 +0000 The Associated Press 8572 at http://michiganradio.org Judge allows wiggle room on some absentee ballots Michigan Supreme Court clears way for Detroit vote on marijuana http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-clears-way-detroit-vote-marijuana <p>The Michigan Supreme Court has cleared the way for Detroiters to vote on whether their city will be the first in the state to legalize marijuana. Sat, 02 Jun 2012 22:29:09 +0000 Rick Pluta 7722 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court clears way for Detroit vote on marijuana Flint election officials are searching for new places for people to vote in November http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-election-officials-are-searching-new-places-people-vote-november <p>Elections officials are scrambling to find eight new locations where Flint residents can vote in November&rsquo;s election.&nbsp;</p><p>The city&rsquo;s five dozen voting precincts are located in 35 buildings around Flint.</p><p>But, the U.S. Justice Department says 4 churches used as polling places don&rsquo;t meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And, the Flint School District is also closing 4 schools this summer that have been used as polling places.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to go ahead and close them and try to locate alternate sites, which is hard to do in a community such as Flint which is an older urban area,&quot; says Inez M. Brown, the Flint City Clerk.&nbsp;</p><p>Brown says six of the eight polling places are located on Flint&rsquo;s north side, which may make it more difficult to find enough appropriate locations.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 May 2012 02:50:16 +0000 Steve Carmody 7556 at http://michiganradio.org Flint election officials are searching for new places for people to vote in November Michigan voters to decide many issues on Tuesday's ballot http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-voters-decide-many-issues-tuesdays-ballot <p>Voters across Michigan go to the polls on Tuesday.</p><p>More than 200 communities are holding elections.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Most of the questions involve school bond issues.</p><p>Bloomfield Hills schools are asking voters to approve a $58 million bond issue to pay for renovations to a high school.&nbsp;This proposal is a scaled back version of similar proposals that have failed in the past.&nbsp;</p><p>Some school districts are asking voters to approve bonds to pay for technology upgrades.&nbsp; For example the Allegan public school district is asking voters to approve an 18 million dollar bond issue. &nbsp;&nbsp;Part of that would be spent on computers.</p><p>Not everything on the ballots involves schools.</p><p>The issue in Delhi Township, near Lansing, is sludge. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Or more accurately, &nbsp;what to do with it.</p><p>The township is asking voters to approve a surcharge on their water bills to pay for a sludge dryer. &nbsp;&nbsp;Supporters say the dryer would turn human waste into bio-fuel. Opponents say it&rsquo;s just a waste of money.</p><p><em>*Correction: An earlier&nbsp;version of this&nbsp;story stated that the&nbsp;Bloomfield Hills school bond issue&nbsp;had failed&nbsp;twice before.&nbsp;The current proposal, however, is not&nbsp;that same as previous bond issues. The copy has been corrected above.</em></p><p> Sun, 06 May 2012 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7359 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan voters to decide many issues on Tuesday's ballot Tribal vote on Lansing casino project nearing an end http://michiganradio.org/post/tribal-vote-lansing-casino-project-nearing-end <p>Voting wraps up this week in a referendum that may decide if plans for a casino in downtown Lansing can move forward.</p><p>Ballots were mailed to 14 thousand members of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians earlier this month.</p><p>The basic question is should the tribe move ahead with plans to build a $245 million casino adjacent to Lansing&rsquo;s downtown convention center.</p> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7236 at http://michiganradio.org Tribal vote on Lansing casino project nearing an end The race to replace Congressman Dale Kildee begins http://michiganradio.org/post/race-replace-congressman-dale-kildee-begins <p>The race to replace longtime Michigan Congressman <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=14083979">Dale Kildee</a> moves into a higher gear today.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Kildee announced earlier this year he would not seek a 19<sup>th</sup> term in Congress.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Today, the outgoing congressman&rsquo;s nephew, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/kildee-considering-run-congress">Dan Kildee</a> will&nbsp; formally announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4769 at http://michiganradio.org The race to replace Congressman Dale Kildee begins Top 5 Michigan counties for voter turnout (and the 5 worst) http://michiganradio.org/post/top-5-michigan-counties-voter-turnout-and-5-worst <p>The Secretary of State&#39;s office has released <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/2010_General_Election_Turnout_Comparison_337603_7.pdf">unofficial voter turnout results for all the counties</a> in Michigan (the State Board of Canvassers will make them official later this month).</p><ul><li>The voters in Leelanau county scored the best turnout rate in the state at 61.60%</li><li>The voters in Cass county scored the worst turnout rate in the state at 35.74%</li></ul><p>Here are the top 5:</p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 18:40:27 +0000 Mark Brush 261 at http://michiganradio.org Top 5 Michigan counties for voter turnout (and the 5 worst) Voter turnout in Michigan lower than expected http://michiganradio.org/post/voter-turnout-michigan-lower-expected <p>Outgoing Secretary of State <a href="http://www.terrilynnland.com/meet_terri.php">Terry Lynn Land</a> had expected 52% of eligible voters to show up at the polls yesterday. The unofficial tally stands at 45% today.</p><p>The turnout results remain &quot;unofficial&quot; until they are certified by the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1633_41221---,00.html">Board of State Canvassers</a> later this month.</p><p>Of the 7.28 million registered to vote, 3.3 million did so.</p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 17:42:57 +0000 Mark Brush 260 at http://michiganradio.org Voter turnout in Michigan lower than expected The latest Michigan election results http://michiganradio.org/post/latest-michigan-election-results <p>We're updating the results as we get them.</p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 06:04:01 +0000 Mark Brush 214 at http://michiganradio.org The latest Michigan election results