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For those not too riveted to the national races to care, (and not hanging out in person at the Clerk’s office) local results can, of course, be found at http://electionresults.ewashtenaw.org/nov2008/indexreport.html
At this moment, the site is reporting 0.64% of precincts reporting (yes, that’s less than 1%), but you can add it to the list of sites to reload obsessively.
Candidate names are always (often?) moved around on ballots to prevent the person on top from getting all the votes so your ballot at the polls may not look exactly like it shows up online. Make sure you know the names of your candidates, not just where they show up on the ballot.
Also some of the local items aren’t on the sample ballots. For example, the nonpartisan Washtenaw Community Collage Board of Trustees race doesnâ€™t appear on sample ballots. Because it is nonpartisan, unless you know the candidates, it is hard to make a judgment. Some information on that race can be found here.
Do any of you know of any other races that don’t show on the sample ballots?
Be Prepared to Vote on Tuesday
If you are a regular voter, bring your Michigan driver license, or be prepared to sign an affidavit saying you don’t have ID with you. If you are a first-time voter, you must bring ID showing your current address. These include a current and valid photo ID (MCard, driver license, etc.), a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement, or government document that lists your name and address.
Remember not to wear any partisan clothes or buttons to your polling place. Yeah, it might seem like a silly rule, but it was upheld in court and is intended to keep the polling places free from voter intimidation, which is a worthy cause.
Need a Ride to the Polls?
So you say you are a staunch Democrat or Republican? Planning on voting straight ticket? Sorry, you are still going to have to pay attention to the judgeships because they are on the nonpartisan section of the ballot and are not marked with a party designation. In theory, this is because judges are supposed to be nonpartisan and uphold the law, not represent voters. For a race like the 15th District Judge of the Distict Court race between Easthope and Gutenberg, party affiliation doesn’t really apply. However, the State Supreme Court race has definitely shaped up to be a â€œRepublicanâ€ vs. â€œDemocratâ€ race.
Michigan Daily coverage of â€œthe ballot beyond Obamaâ€ with explanations of the judges is here.
The Voters Guide from the League of Women Voters has judge information.
State Supreme Court Judges
22nd Circuit Judge of the Circuit Court
Information on the proposals can be found at the following web sites:
Next Tuesday, November 4 is the most anticipated election in recent history. While the presidential election is the big draw, make sure you find out everything that will be on your ballot before you go to the polls so you can make informed voting choices (do you know who you are going to vote for as Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court? Or Wayne State Regent?). In addition, lines for voting are expected to be long. Make arrangements now to leave time available for next Tuesday (as much as several hours just in case) . The polls will be open from 7:00am to 8:00pm.
The Citizen’s Research Council of Michigan has non-partisan information on the ballot proposals.
University of Michigan Regentâ€™s Candidates are listed here.
Voting Tips for College Students
The .pdf file called City of Ann Arbor Voter Tips and Polling Location Information has a lot of helpful information.
Election '08's Impact on Michigan: The Candidates' Positions on Energy, the Environment, and the Economy
Town Hall Forum
The panel discussion will feature experts in the environment, energy, and economics for a discussion on how the policies of the presidential candidates will impact Michigan. They will be joined by advocates for both the Obama and McCain campaigns. Listen to the discussion, and ask your questions.
The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and Michigan Radio (91.7 WUOM in Ann Arbor)
The last day for voter registration in Michigan is this Monday, October 6. Michigan residents will not be allowed to vote in the November elections unless they register by October 6 at 5:00pm. If you have changed addresses, you must make sure your registration is updated.
You can register to vote in several ways:
The League of Women Voters is organizing candidate debates for area offices including WCC Trustee, County Sheriff, City Council, and State House.
The debates will be broadcast on CTN Channel 19. You can see the whole schedule here.
Thought this would add to the Voter Guide discussion:
The Arts Alliance conducted a survey of local candidates running for public office throughout Washtenaw County to learn their positions on arts and culture. The survey, conducted annually in advance of the primary and general elections, was distributed to candidates throughout Washtenaw County for the offices of state representative, county commissioner, mayor, city council member, township supervisor and township trustee.
The Arts Alliance received responses from 48 candidates in 24 of the 45 races that will be decided in the August 5th primary election. In addition, 8 candidates responded in races that will be decided in the November general election.
37 Democratic, 10 Republican, and 1 Write-In candidate responded to the 2-question survey (1. What is your position on public funding for arts and culture? 2. If elected, what measurable actions will you take to ensure that arts and cultural offerings survive and thrive in Washtenaw County? Please be specific.)
Candidates were given 2 weeks to submit their answers.
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