2016 Candidate Interview County Commissioner David Bowman 10th District

2016 Candidate Interview County Commissioner David Bowman 10th District (Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct. 28, 2016) Pontiac, MI – Oakland County Commissioner David Bowman of the 10th District representing Pontiac is running for re-election on the Nov. 8 ballot.  He is being challenged by Republican David B. Foster. In addition to being County Commissioner, Bowman works…

2016 Candidate Interview Richard (Dick) Rossell for Holly Village President (video)

2016 Candidate Interview Richard (Dick) Rossell for Holly Village President (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, Sept. 4, 2016)   Holly, MI – The race for Holly Village President is between three people:  Dave Cruickshank, James Perkins and Richard (Dick) Rossell. The election takes place Nov. 8, 2016. Rossell is currently the Chair of the Downtown Development…

What do Low Voter Turnout Numbers Mean for Democracy?

    What do Low Voter Turnout Numbers Mean for Democracy? (Kurt Metzger, Sept. 1, 2016) Pleasant Ridge, MI – Does anyone care about Voter Turnout any more – especially in the primaries? While it is my hope (though I have grave doubts, especially with primary turnout) that voters realize how often primaries determine most…

2016 Candidate Interview David Cuttner for County Commission 17th District

2016 Candidate Interview David Cuttner for County Commission 17th District (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, July 28, 2016) Southfield, MI – In the race for Oakland County Commissioner for the 17th District there are two Republicans in the primary:  David A. Cuttner and Regina Brim.  The Republican Primary is Aug. 2.  The winner of that race…

2016 Candidate Interview Michael D. Smith for Oakland County Clerk and Register of Deeds (video)

2016 Candidate Interview Michael D. Smith for Oakland County Clerk and Register of Deeds  (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, June 15, 2016) White Lake Township, MI – Democrat Michael D. Smith is running for Oakland County Clerk Register of Deeds.  He is running in the primary against incumbent Lisa Brown.  The winner of the Democratic primary…

2016 Primary Election and Oakland County Local Initiatives Results (updated)

2016 Primary Election and Oakland County Local Initiatives Results (updated) (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 8, 2016) Pontiac, MI – This is where the Oakland County 115 News Hub (aka oc115) will post results of the ballot proposals through the county and the results of the Presidential Primaries taking place in Michigan on Tuesday, March 8.…

Pontiac Election: A Perfect Example of Why Voter Turnout Matters

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 —…

Ferndale Seeking Citizens to Help Improve Voting, Democracy with Election Task Force

Ferndale Seeking Citizens to Help Improve Voting, Democracy with Election Task Force (City of Ferndale Press Release, July 8, 2015)   The Ferndale City Clerk is recruiting community members, poll workers, and elected officials to create an election task force to help guide the selection of new polling locations, brainstorm methods of improving voter turnout,…

The Power of the Public Test

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.

Governor Snyder Vetoes Three Election-Related Bills, Signs 11 Others

Snyder did sign into law 11 other bills, including those that establish more stringent requirements before a political party will be recognized in Michigan, and requirements that Independent committees must file quarterly spending reports with the State. Other bills require all ballot or petition language must be submitted to the Secretary of State prior to circulation.