voter turnout

Politics & Government
5:56 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Report: Unmarried women could be critical voting bloc this fall in Michigan

According to a new report, about 500,000 Michiganders who voted in 2012 could stay home on Election Day this year. More than half of them are unmarried women.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A new report suggests unmarried women may be a critical swing vote in Michigan’s elections this fall.

The Voter Participation Center works to get more unmarried women, people of color, and young people to vote. But those groups tend to show the biggest voting dropoff in off-year elections.

Those also happen to be the voters Democrats need  to win in this fall’s gubernatorial and congressional elections.

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Stateside
5:35 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Low voter turnout is expected in Detroit today

Voters cast their ballots in Michigan
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

An interview with Nancy Derringer, a writer for Bridge Magazine, and Karen Dumas, the former chief of communications for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.

It's not uncommon for voter turnout to be lower on primary Election Days than on the big general Election Days in November.

But so much is at stake in Detroit's primary today. Voters will narrow the field in races for Mayor and City Council.

They'll be choosing a district-based council for the first time in nearly 100 years. These leaders will be working closely with emergency manager Kevyn Orr during the city's historic bankruptcy, and they will be running the show after Orr leaves.

So the need for competent, passionate elected officials is greater than ever, and yet, turnout at the polls in Detroit is expected to be in the 15-17% range.

We wanted to talk about what's behind that chronically low number. Could it be something besides disaffected, uninvolved residents?

Nancy Derringer, a writer for Bridge Magazine, and Karen Dumas, the former chief of communications for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and a communications/PR strategist, joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.

Politics & Culture
5:08 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Stateside for Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Federal health data show that where you live may determine whether you will get cancer and what type.

On today’s show, we explored Michigan's cancer profile.

And, we traveled to the Headlands International Dark Sky Park near Mackinac City, one of only 10 designated sky parks in the entire world.

Also, we spoke with Rick Pluta about the write-in candidates in Detroit’s primary election.

First on the show, it's not uncommon for voter turnout to be lower on primary Election Days than on the big general Election Days in November, but so much is at stake in Detroit's primary today.

Voters will narrow the field in races for Mayor and City Council.

They'll be choosing a district-based council for the first time in nearly 100 years. These leaders will be working closely with emergency manager Kevyn Orr during the city's historic bankruptcy, and they will be running the show after Orr leaves.

So the need for competent, passionate elected officials is greater than ever, and yet, turnout at the polls in Detroit is expected to be in the 15-17% range.

We wanted to talk about what's behind that chronically low number. Could it be something besides disaffected, uninvolved residents?

Nancy Derringer, a writer for Bridge Magazine, and Karen Dumas, the former chief of communications for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and a communications/PR strategist, joined us today.

Election 2012
1:46 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Top five counties in Michigan for voter turnout, and the bottom five

Counties with the highest, and the lowest turnout rates for the 2012 Presidential election.
Mark Brush Michigan Radio

A Presidential election always brings more registered voters to the polls than 'off-year' elections.

But as the voter numbers begin to be scrutinized, we see that overall turnout was down in this Presidential election.

While they're still "unofficial numbers," the Michigan Secretary of State said the turnout for the 2012 Presidential election was lower than the past two.

Here are the numbers they sent me:

  • 2012: Almost 4.8 million voters; 64 percent
  • 2008: 5 million voters; 67 percent
  • 2004: Almost 4.9 million voters; 68 percent

In late October, the Washington Post posted that lower turnout was expected across the country:

With less than a week to go in the 2012 election, voters are less enthusiastic about casting ballots than they were in either of the last two presidential elections, according to a new Gallup poll.

The numbers suggest that there could well be a dropoff in voter turnout on Election Day.

If you look more closely at the counties in Michigan, you see a similar picture. Turnout was down.

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Politics & Government
3:32 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Only about a tenth of Detroit voters expected to cast primary ballots

user jdurham MorgueFile.com

Detroit election officials are estimating a 10 to 15 percent turnout in next week's statewide primary, comparable to the primary election turnout of 14 percent four years ago, reports the Associated Press.

Director of Elections Daniel Baxter said in a news conference today that the city expects to have up to 33,000 absentee votes counted by election night. That's about 6 percent of the city's 553,165 voters.

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Politics
10:29 am
Thu March 1, 2012

16 percent turnout for Michigan presidential primary

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan election officials say 16 percent of the state's registered voters cast ballots in this week's presidential primary election.

The secretary of state's office said Thursday 1.2 million of the state's nearly 7.3 million registered voters participated.

About 21 percent of the state's registered voters took part in Michigan's 2008 presidential primary, when Republicans had a contested race but Hillary Rodham Clinton was the only major Democratic candidate on the ballot.

Luce County had the highest voter turnout on Tuesday with 27.5 percent of registered voters casting ballots. Baraga County was second with 27.25 percent. Ottawa County came in third with 25.5 percent voting.

Mitt Romney won the popular vote in his home state, but will split Michigan's 30 convention delegates with second-place finisher Rick Santorum.

Politics
12:45 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Low voter turnout in off-year elections

Cle0patra Flickr

Local elections are underway across the state today. Among other votes in Michigan, two mayors of large cities will be elected, Detroiters will vote on changes to their city charter, and a state representative is up for recall. But, despite the fact that there are important issues on today's ballots, very few voters will actually make it to the polls.

Michigan Radio's Jennifer White spoke with Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio's Political Analyst, about why voter turnout is historically low in local elections that are held in so-called "off-years."

Preparing to Vote
11:31 am
Tue October 19, 2010

High voter registration numbers in Michigan

The Secretary of State says 95.5% of eligible voters are registered
Lars Plougmann Creative Commons

Here are some numbers for you from the Michigan Secretary of State's office.

  • 95.5% - percent of the voting age population in Michigan registered to vote
  • 7.28 million people registered - a record for a Michigan gubernatorial election
  • 7.40 million people - the highest number of registered voters Michigan has ever seen (2008 presidential election)

But just because people are registered to vote doesn't mean they will.

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