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School Elections, Tuesday May 6

5. May 2008 • Juliew
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Don’t forget to vote this Tuesday (May 6) in the School elections! This election has all the drama and impact of a national election, except in the School Board elections you actually get to vote for all the candidates and your individual vote can make a big difference.

School Board Trustees
Interested in an election featuring a young man with little political background but who is interested in change vs. an older, established woman with a long history of political activism? If so, the Ann Arbor School Board election is just your thing!

A2 News write-up on the two school-board candidates.
Michigan Daily article on Adam Hollier.

Library Trustees
Yes, there are five candidates, but there are five open positions so don’t stay up late trying to figure out who is going to get your vote. Thanks to Ed Vielmetti for posting this link.

Millage Proposals
I think The proposals will be labeled Proposal B and Proposal C.

Text of the proposals is here.
First ballot proposal asks for continuation of two operating millages (Proposal B ? ). Second is continuation of sinking fund millage (Proposal C ? ).

Ann Arbor Public Schools official web site regarding the millages.

Ann Arbor News proposal endorsement.

Editorial related to millages.

General Voter Information is here and here.



  1. We were the second and third voters at 9:15 and the first voter was our neighbor who is working the polls. The Library Board candidates seemed to surprise everyone, as did the lack of a Proposal A. Mostly it is going to be a really slow day for the people working the polls.


       —Juliew    May. 6 '08 - 03:30PM    #
  2. My office assigns letters to all the local proposals within the county. Proposal A is in York Township, B and C in the Ann Arbor school district, D in the Dexter school district, E in the Lincoln school district, and F in the Ypsilanti school district.

    There is also a tiny portion of the western edge of the county which has a Jackson Intermediate School District proposal. We don’t have the jurisdiction to assign a letter to that one.

    Since we tabulate the votes at the county level, we want to keep them straight by giving them each a unique identifier.


       —Larry Kestenbaum    May. 6 '08 - 04:04PM    #
  3. Thanks Larry, that is really helpful!


       —Juliew    May. 6 '08 - 05:01PM    #
  4. Early results look like B and C (the Ann Arbor millages) will pass handily.

    I used the AutoMARK machine to mark my ballot and figured it out this time (last time I failed to before the polls closed). Summary: detach the stub before putting it in the machine .


       —Edward Vielmetti    May. 7 '08 - 02:29AM    #
  5. Unfortunately, the AutoMark machine can’t read the ballot with the stub attached. But in detaching the stub, you need to be extremely careful and not leave any paper shreds.

    I’m surprised and disappointed that the election workers didn’t know this.

    When I used the AutoMark in the August 2006 election, I had to explain this to the election workers. But that was the very first time we had those machines — I thought they would be used to this by now.


       —Larry Kestenbaum    May. 7 '08 - 04:10AM    #
  6. Do not forget school board elections are today!


       —Mark Koroi    May. 5 '09 - 04:09PM    #
  7. The Ann Arbor News reports that event though School Board candidate Adam Hollier withdrew from the race, he still won.

    Weird.


       —Chuck Warpehoski    May. 6 '09 - 02:22PM    #
  8. Can we have a new item to discuss yesterday’s election?


       —Larry Kestenbaum    May. 6 '09 - 02:51PM    #