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No More Straight Ticket Voting in Michigan as Governor Signs Bill into Law

January 5th 2016

No More Straight Ticket Voting in Michigan as Governor Signs Bill into Law (Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 5, 2016) Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill into law that eliminates straight ticket voting in the State. Because the bill has a $5 million appropriation attached to it, voters can not reverse the law on referendum. […]

Adam Kochenderfer Gets County Commission Seat, Rochester Hills Council Seeks Applicants

December 8th 2015

Adam Kochenderfer Gets County Commission Seat, Rochester Hills Council Seeks Applicants (Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 8, 2015) Rochester Hills, MI – Rochester Hills resident Adam Kochenderfer is moving on up. Kochenderfer was appointed to The Oakland County Board of Commissioners last week, filling a vacancy left when Commissioner Jeff Matis was appointed by Governor Rick […]

Ferndale Schools Seeking New Board Member

December 6th 2015

Ferndale Schools Seeking New Board Member (C. Proxmire, Dec. 6, 2015) Ferndale, MI – With Raylon Leaks-May being elected to City Council, a vacancy on the Ferndale School Board will be coming open at the beginning of the year. Residents who live in the Ferndale School District (which includes part of Ferndale, part of Oak […]

Analysis of Voter Turnout in South Oakland County, 2015

November 5th 2015

Analysis of Voter Turnout in South Oakland County, 2015 (Guest View: Kurt Metzger, Mayor of Pleasant Ridge, Nov. 5, 2015) Now that the results are final and the celebrations are over, it is time to reflect on Tuesday’s election results across communities in southeast Oakland County. As one would expect in an off-year election, the […]

Candidate Interview: Hazel Park Mayor Jan Parisi (video)

September 26th 2015

Candidate Interview: Hazel Park Mayor Jan Parisi (video) (C. Proxmire, Sept. 26, 2015) There is no competition this year for Hazel Park Mayor Jan Parisi as she runs unopposed on the Nov. 3, 2015 ballot. The 49 year resident of Hazel Park became Mayor in June 2014 after longtime Mayor Jack Lloyd decided to retire […]

Huntington Woods Mayor and Commission Candidates Forum Sept. 16

September 2nd 2015

Huntington Woods Mayor and Commission Candidates Forum Sept. 16 (event listing)   Wednesday, September 16, 2015 7:00 PM Huntington Woods City Hall 26815 Scotia Huntington Woods, MI 48070 City of Huntington Woods: Mayor & City Commissioner candidate forum Coordinator: Judy Bateman Local elections are coming up November 3, and the League of Women Voters is […]

Interview: Aaron Tobin, Candidate for Mayor of Oak Park (video)

August 20th 2015

Interview: Aaron Tobin, Candidate for Mayor of Oak Park (video) (C. Proxmire, Aug. 20, 2015) Aaron Tobin, a resident of Oak Park for 18 years and a native of Southfield, is running for Mayor in the Nov. 3, 2015 election. He recently sold his automotive parts production business and now is a firearms instructor and […]

Pontiac Election: A Perfect Example of Why Voter Turnout Matters

August 5th 2015

Pontiac Election: A Perfect Example of Why Voter Turnout Matters (Guest View by Kurt Metzger, Detroit’s Data Guru, Aug. 5, 2015) Yesterday, voters in the Pontiac School District, which currently is under a consent agreement with the state to address a massive deficit, asked voters to allow for the creation of a special fund — […]

The Long and Short of Lines at the Polls

November 13th 2012

To learn more about Michigan’s requirements for conducting elections, visit the State’s page at http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_11976—,00.html, and specifically this guide at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/Managing_Your_Precinct_on_Election_Day_391790_7.pdf.

The Power of the Public Test

July 31st 2012

Carl Weiler wore his Superman shirt on July 26 when he and Jim Whipple came to City Hall to witness the obligatory public test of election equipment. The test takes place in the weeks before every election so the public can see that the equipment works. It gives them a chance to see the safeguards that are in place to prevent problems, such as a malfunction or tampering, before election day.