Election 2013

Election 2013
4:44 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Follow these links for Michigan's August 6th election results

Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

Are you going to vote today? Statistics indicate that you likely will not.

The Michigan Secretary of State doesn't even list primary voter turnout statistics for non-presidential or non-gubernatorial election years.

But many of you did vote, and your votes will help determine our political future here in Michigan.

Below you can find links to the major primary election results around the state:

We'll post election results tonight as they come in.

A strong write-in campaign from Detroit Mayoral candidate Mike Duggan could complicate things in that race.

A high tally for "total write-in votes" in that race will mean we likely won't know results right away (the top two vote-getters will advance to the general election in November).

Are there other election results you're following? Let us know below.

Politics & Government
12:48 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Detroit's mayoral primary isn't the only race on the ballot in Michigan on Tuesday

Voters in more than 50 Michigan counties will be casting ballots on Tuesday (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

A lot of attention has been paid to Detroit’s mayoral primary on Tuesday. But that’s not the only election in which Michigan voters will be casting ballots this week.

Voters in more than 50 Michigan counties will be casting ballots on Tuesday.

There’s the usual mix of school and library millages.

There are also numerous local primary elections.

Voters in parts of Ann Arbor, Jackson, Grand Rapids, Lansing and other cities will be voting for local city council seats.

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Politics & Government
7:51 am
Mon July 8, 2013

In this morning's news: Medical marijuana dispensaries, free trade with E.U., voter registration

Morning News Roundup for Monday, July 8, 2013
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Medical marijuana dispensaries could be revived in Michigan

A state House panel is soon likely to take up a bill that would revive medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan. Earlier this year, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled to stop most marijuana dispensaries; but now state lawmakers say they’re close to a deal on legislation that would allow and regulate the facilities.

Republican representative Mike Callton told Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher, “without the dispensaries, patients will have very limited access to medical marijuana.”

Free trade with E.U. could benefit Michigan manufacturing

Michigan businesses will be closely watching free trade talks starting today between the United States and the European Union. The proposed trade deal would open markets between the U.S. and the 28 E.U. countries. Rich Studley is the president of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Studley told Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody, "an E.U. free trade deal would primarily benefit Michigan’s manufacturing industry."

Last chance to register for 2013 local elections

Today is the deadline to register to vote for the 56 local elections in Michigan this summer. Elections range from local primaries to school boards to city council votes. The Michigan Secretary of State is urging Michiganders to get out to vote in their local elections. Residents can go to their county or local clerk's office or a Secretary of State office to register.

Politics & Government
12:51 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Deadline looming to register to vote in August election

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Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Monday is the deadline to register to vote for the 56 local elections in Michigan this August.   

Elections range from local primaries to school boards to city council votes.

The Michigan Secretary of State is urging Michiganders to get out to vote in their local elections.

Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams says local elections often affect voters most directly.

Politics & Government
7:25 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Detroit mayor to reveal re-election plans at noon event

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

DETROIT (AP) - Dave Bing has scheduled an announcement on his political future Tuesday, the deadline to file for a second 4-year term as Detroit's mayor.

Four p.m. Tuesday is the filing deadline.

Bing spokesman Bob Warfield said in an email Monday night that Bing would "make a major announcement about his political future" at noon Tuesday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

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Politics & Government
2:00 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Lansing's mayor wants a third term

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero kicking off his campaign for a third term as the capital city's mayor
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says he wants four more years in office. He formally announced his campaign today. 

“I’m telling you folks … Lansing is on the verge,” the partisan crowd groaned, and then laughed, as Virg Bernero joked at his campaign kickoff.

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Politics & Government
11:24 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Ananich wins 27th state senate seat

Senator-elect Jim Ananich (D-Flint) (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Mchigan Radio

Genesee County voters choose a familiar face to serve them in the state senate.

Tuesday, voters elected Democrat Jim Ananich in a special election to fill the vacant 27th district seat.

State Representative Jim Ananich was expected to win in the Democratic leaning 27th state senate district.

He defeated Republican Robert Daunt, the same man he defeated in last year’s State House race to represent Flint in Lansing.   

Ananich picked up 75% of the vote.  Daunt received more than 20% of the votes cast.       

Liberatrian Robert Nicholls and Green Party candidate Bobby Jones split the rest.

Ananich replaces former state senator John Gleason, who stepped down after winning the Genesee County clerk’s election last fall.

Ananich will finish out Gleason’s unexpired term, which ends in 2014.

Politics & Government
11:44 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Did you know today is election day?

Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

No?

Well, dozens of Michigan counties and townships are holding special elections today. Most are focused on public school district proposals. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Here are some election highlights:

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Politics & Government
3:09 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

Michigan voters will be casting ballots on Tuesday

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Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Michigan voters go to the polls on Tuesday.

School bond issues dominate the ballot in most of Michigan.

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.

There are a few elected offices on the ballot of note.

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.

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Politics & Government
12:01 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Tuesday primary begins the process of filling an empty state senate seat

Democrat candidate Woodrow Stanley speaks at a recent forum, while Republican candidate Adam Ford listens
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Tomorrow, primary voters in Genesee County will narrow down the field of candidates to fill an open state senate seat.

There are seven candidates on the 27th state senate district primary ballot, though one has dropped out of the race.

On the Democratic side, State representatives Woodrow Stanley and Jim Ananich are facing off against Genesee County Commissioner Ted Henry and GM auto worker Chris Del Morone.

At a recent public forum, Stanley echoed the comments of his fellow Democratic candidates in hoping for a change at the state capitol.

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12:20 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Changes to Michigan's electoral system coming? Republicans overwhelmingly back plan

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Gary Heinlein reports for the Detroit News that "by a 1,370-132 margin" Republicans at their convention in Lansing yesterday approved a plan to change the way Michigan's electoral votes are tallied.
Lansing - Republicans handed Bobby Schostak another two-year term as state chairman Saturday and overwhelmingly endorsed a plan to change Michigan presidential electoral vote rules in a way opponents charge is intended to distort election results in favor of GOP candidates.
Politics & Government
11:00 am
Sat December 29, 2012

New law requires Michigan voters to affirm US citizenship

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Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Voters must declare they are qualified to vote before getting a ballot under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Republican governor signed legislation Friday containing that requirement and other election law changes.

Representatives for Snyder and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson say the leaders worked out concerns that led to his veto of similar legislation this summer. The new law doesn't include a citizen check-off box on ballot applications, which had been barred by a federal judge in the November election.

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9:33 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Mike Duggan files papers for Detroit Mayoral run

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There's been talk, and now it's official. Mike Duggan has filed papers this morning indicating a run for the Detroit mayor's office. The seat is up for a vote in next year's election. Duggan is the CEO of the Detroit Medical Center. Update 10:17 a.m. - Mike Duggan released a statement this morning about forming an exploratory committee for a mayoral run. From the statement: "Exploratory Committee Chairman Conrad Mallett explained the formation of the committee was a legal necessity. Michigan law requires a committee be established in order to receive or spend money, even at the exploratory stage. 'Over the next 90 days, the Committee --Mike Duggan for Mayor Exploratory Committee-- will meet with citizens, block clubs, neighborhood organizations and community leaders to assess Mike's support in the city,' Mallett said. 'We'll also have a broad presence on the Web to give anyone and everyone a chance to weigh-in on what Mike and this team should do, including what problems, issues and solutions the average citizen wants addressed.'"
Detroit - Mike Duggan filed papers Wednesday morning to create an exploratory committee to run for mayor, taking the first official step to raise and spend money to build a campaign, his campaign confirmed. Duggan, the former one-term Wayne County prosecutor and current CEO of the Detroit Medical Center, filed papers to the City Clerk's office at 8 a.m.
Politics
1:49 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

State Rep. Howze plans run for Detroit mayor

State Rep. Lisa L. Howze.
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DETROIT (AP) - State Rep. Lisa L. Howze plans to run for Detroit mayor in 2013.

The Democrat announced Friday that she wouldn't seek reelection to her House seat this year and instead would run for mayor of Michigan's largest city.

Howze says her experience as a certified public accountant and finance professional would be key for the financially struggling city. She says her legislative experience in Lansing would be pivotal in gaining support that the city needs from the state.

The office of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing had no comment Friday on the announcement.

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