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Get Out and Vote!

8. August 2006 • Dale Winling
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Everybody’s doing it.

Washtenaw County’s Web site has polling locations.

NOTE: Results available here sometime around -11pm.- midnight or so?

Check back tomorrow morning, as Arbor Update will map the results of races and voter turnout.

UPDATE: Countywide voter turnout averages 10-12%, clerk’s office estimates.

UPDATE: Easthope takes the 5th with 63%.

UPDATE: Schreiber wins in Ypsi with 44%, as well as Swanson (50%), Nickels (70%), and Robb (51%).

UPDATE: All three Pittsfield Twp recalls failed.



  1. Oh, man—early results have Woods and Hieftje in an absolute DEADLOCK! This one’s going down to the wire.


       —Dale    Aug. 8 '06 - 07:23PM    #
  2. Dale, you’re such a dork.


       —Murph    Aug. 8 '06 - 07:46PM    #
  3. yeah, baby! unbeaten, untied, and unscored on!

    at 4:30 or so, i was number 97. (no! i won’t tell you where it is!)


       —peter honeyman    Aug. 8 '06 - 08:55PM    #
  4. At noon today, I was (lucky) number 13. (Meaning that everybody I vote for will lose?) Ypsi’s “student” precinct is even deader in August than the various such precincts I voted in in A2.

    The precinct whose polling place we were sharing was at about 120 voters at that time.


       —Murph    Aug. 8 '06 - 09:07PM    #
  5. Mrs. Structure-Dude and I were numbers 18 and 19 at our First Ward polling place at about 8:30 this morning, which is quite a few people for this particular place.


       —Parking Structure Dude!    Aug. 8 '06 - 09:11PM    #
  6. PSD and others – The workers load the absentee ballots in first, so the turnout is even lower than you think. For example, in precinct 1-6 this morning, although 28 votes showed on the machine counter, Sabra and I made a grand total of just nine bodies who walked in to the polling place. Nineteen were absentees.


       —David Cahill    Aug. 8 '06 - 09:40PM    #
  7. I’m not worried in the least about turnout in the 5th. In the 2005 general, my precinct had about 2x (for the whole day) what the precinct had this morning at 10am.


       —Dale    Aug. 8 '06 - 09:55PM    #
  8. What exactly does a “precinct delegate” do? I see so many of those races…


       —Edward Vielmetti    Aug. 9 '06 - 02:37AM    #
  9. A “precinct delegate” is a delegate to a political party’s county convention. Technically, the county convention elects delegates to the state convention, which nominates the Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, UM Regents, etc., but operationally, precinct delegates generally get to be state convention delegates if they want to go.


       —Larry Kestenbaum    Aug. 9 '06 - 02:39AM    #
  10. Larry—
    You’ll be getting an email from me about this in the coming days unless this issue should be addressed to the city, but at our polling place today the pollworker (the city or county employee) seemed clueless about the fact that the 100-foot rule begins from the door of the polling place and that volunteers shouldn’t, in fact, be required to stand on the other side of the parking lot between the sidewalk and the street. Additionally, they were asking campaign volunteers not to pass out literature to people coming to vote since some of those people weren’t putting the information into their pockets. I’ve volunteered at Slauson before for the 2004 election and distinctly remember a “100-foot” sign, even though the election worker (for now nameless, though I know this person’s name) told me she’s never seen this sign. Many of us, in fact, remember this sign. This person has worked for many, many years, and reminded me of that fact as she attempted to tell me I was breaking the law that she didn’t understand. Should I contact you or the city?

    Thanks! And thanks for the updates to ewashtenaw.org. I’m glad you’re our county clerk!


       —Young OWSider    Aug. 9 '06 - 02:52AM    #
  11. The 100 foot sign (and instructions about where to put it) are included in the precinct kit. Indeed, I saw properly placed 100 foot signs at quite a few polling places today. I don’t know what happened at yours.


       —Larry Kestenbaum    Aug. 9 '06 - 03:25AM    #
  12. Larry,

    Can we call the Pittsfield Recalls? Or is that missing precinct a big AV precinct?


       —John Q.    Aug. 9 '06 - 05:46AM    #
  13. The pro-recall folks have conceded, and the officials are celebrating. I think it’s pretty safe to say that the recall has been defeated.

    In the end, Democrats hung together and supported the Pittsfield officials. Moreover, the supposed pro-recall hotbeds of precincts 1, 8, and 9 were not as strongly favorable to the recall as advertised.


       —Larry Kestenbaum    Aug. 9 '06 - 06:13AM    #
  14. FWIW, not all precincts do their absentees first. When I’ve worked elections (granted, I sat this one out) we tended to do them during quiet times. Early morning isn’t usually that quiet.

    The result that most disappointed me was Schwarz’ primary loss. He doesn’t represent my district (nor is he in my party) but he has generally struck me as smart and reasonable. I consider this a loss for the state. I wonder what is ahead for him.


       —Karen    Aug. 9 '06 - 02:19PM    #
  15. Hey Larry,

    I noticed in each Ward that the ballots cast often exceeded the total number of votes for city council candidates (some as high as 500). Is that because those people simply didn’t vote for any council candidate or that their vote wasn’t tabulated because of mistakes etc?

    BTW, your office and the City Clerk were terrific to deal with. It’s clear you run a tight & friendly ship. Thanks!

    -Jeff


       —Jeff Meyers    Aug. 9 '06 - 03:55PM    #
  16. Jeff,

    Remember that this is a partisan primary, so that every participant had to choose which side of the ballot to vote in. Some people, eccentric as this may seem in Ann Arbor, chose to participate in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, and were thus ineligible to vote for Democratic candidates, including city council.


       —Larry Kestenbaum    Aug. 9 '06 - 04:22PM    #
  17. IMO, that 100-foot rule isn’t nearly large enough. I had a volunteer tackle me, demanding I vote for their chosen candidate, even before I’d gotten out of my car at my polling site. Ridiculous! I just wanted to be left in peace to vote. Even if I thought I’d vote for her candidate, the tactics of this obnoxious volunteer might have had me changing my mind. There was no sign at my polling station either, though I wished there was. I did talk to the polling official about it, and they made the volunteer move a little further out.


       —KGS    Aug. 9 '06 - 06:20PM    #
  18. KGS: Who did the tackler want you to vote for?


       —Dustin    Aug. 9 '06 - 06:29PM    #
  19. KGS—I understand your point. That’s why as a candidate volunteer at the polls I never approach cars. I also never walk directly up to someone. Typically I hold the literature, smile, and say “We’d appreciate your vote for X candidate for X office.” If they approach me for more, great. If not, no biggie. Hey, I’m just glad they’re voting!

    Dustin—at my polling place both the Easthope person and the Schmerl person were walking up to people almost as they got out of their cars and were being quite vocal. Most people appeared not to mind, but it was a bit over the top for me.


       —Young OWSider    Aug. 9 '06 - 07:02PM    #
  20. Does anybody think this works? Trying to win the persons vote as they walk into the polling place? Everybody I know as worked out who they are going to vote for before they leave home.


       —Dustin    Aug. 9 '06 - 09:38PM    #
  21. I convinced several people to vote for Rebekah Warren. You’d be amazed how many people show up to the polling place with only a limited understanding of who/what they’re going to vote for.


       —Young OWSider    Aug. 9 '06 - 09:40PM    #
  22. In a big election, there may be dozens of things on the ballot. Distributing info on something race or issue that has gotten little attention can be very effective.

    Even if people arrive at the polls knowing who they’re voting for, there can be last minute changes of mind. Seeing a campaigner at the polls lets voters know that you’re interested in and serious about winning, that you have a big campaign going, and that your advocates are presentable and polite human beings. All of these things are positives which reinforce your supporters, and may sway the other side’s last committed voters.


       —Larry Kestenbaum    Aug. 9 '06 - 09:52PM    #