Elections

Published April 26, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Currently, the city’s absentee ballot tabulators process just 10 ballots per minute.

“When we are getting over 13,000 absentee ballots in a presidential race, that is a lot of standing on your feet, trying to feed ballots through for hours and hours and hours,” said Rochester Hills City Clerk Tina Barton.

With grant funding from the Help America Vote Act, Barton aims to purchase high-speed scanners and tabulators that will process approximately 100 to 130 absentee ballots per minute.

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Published April 26, 2017

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WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY — Warren Consolidated Schools officials are asking residents in the district to support an existing operating millage renewal proposal May 2 that will continue to levy the number of operating mills required for the school district to receive revenue at the full per-pupil foundation allowance permitted by the state of Michigan. 

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Published April 5, 2017

FERNDALE — During the election in November 2012, the city of Ferndale suffered from long wait times that caused voters to stand in line for more than two hours.

To fix this and any other problems relating to elections, the city created an election task force to dig into such problems as long wait times. It comprised precinct inspectors, residents, and city officials and staff. It was led by City Clerk Marne McGrath, who gave a wrap-up presentation about the task force at the council’s March 27 meeting.

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Published March 15, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Last November, Chippewa Valley Schools approved the polling of district residents by a public opinion firm to gauge how residents feel about a possible tax increase to fund a bond plan for improvements to the district.

The election is May 2, and based on findings presented by Bernie Porn of Epic MRA to the Board of Education March 6, residents seem to have a favorable opinion of the proposal.

The poll was conducted Nov. 19-22 to interview by phone 400 residents who live in all areas of the district. 

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Published January 26, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield School District Board of Education unanimously approved a bond proposal for the May 2 election at at a recent meeting. 

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Published January 9, 2017

EASTPOINTE — During the Eastpointe City Council meeting Jan. 3, council heard comments from residents regarding the U.S. Justice Department’s proposed changes in the way voters elect City Council members.

City Manager Steve Duchane explained to residents Dec. 20 that the council wanted to be transparent.

“The council decided to be very transparent to gain input from the citizens of Eastpointe, because typically this is a charter amendment matter, which will mean the voters control the charter and only the voters can change the charter,” he said.

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Published December 28, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Following the public announcement that the federal government had told Eastpointe to change its election process, the City Council held its first discussion of the proposed changes during its Dec. 20 meeting.

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Published December 16, 2016

On Dec. 15, subzero temperatures swept the county while things heated up inside the Sterling Heights Senior Center, where three Macomb County election recounts took place.

The Utica mayor recount began at 8 a.m. and wrapped up around 5:30 p.m. A group of six people carefully worked at a table in the Senior Center’s multipurpose room to count ballots cast for Thom Dionne, Councilman Frank Czapski and Edward Wykes.

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Published December 16, 2016

EASTPOINTE — City officials held a press conference Dec. 15 in the City Council chambers to discuss proposed changes to the way voters elect members of the City Council.

Eastpointe City Manager Steve Duchane received a letter from the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice Nov. 18 stating that the “existing system for electing the members of the Eastpointe City Council violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.”

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Published December 12, 2016

UTICA — On Nov. 9, the day after the Nov. 8 general election, mayoral candidate and current Utica City Councilman Frank Czapski filed for a recount of the mayoral race after he lost by a hair, according to unofficial election results.

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Published November 18, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Three incumbents retained their seats on the Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education in the Nov. 8 general election.

Elizabeth Pyden, Frank Bednard and Jill DeMuynck Zech each earned another six-year term while edging out newcomer Robert Wojtowicz. 

Pyden earned the most votes with 20,747, while Bednard and DeMuynck Zech each received 18,311 votes. Wojtowicz finished with 17,431 votes.

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Published November 18, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Final election results will not be official until Nov. 28, but officials agree that Donald Trump is expected to be the overall winner in Michigan, as he leads by approximately 13,000 votes.

Because Michigan is a “winner takes all” state, the 16 Republican electorates, chosen via nomination and voted upon by precinct delegates at the county and state convention levels, will cast their votes for the president-elect in Lansing Dec. 19.

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Published November 18, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — What a difference a few months — and a heated presidential race — make. After a relatively sleepy August primary, voters emerged in remarkably high numbers for the Nov. 8 general election.

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Published November 16, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — The 27th state House district in the state of Michigan will remain blue after incumbent Robert Wittenberg won his re-election with more than three-fourths of the vote.

Wittenberg defeated his Republican challenger, Kyle Forrest, with more than 76 percent of the vote in the largely Democratic district. In all, 47,881 votes were cast in the race, with Wittenberg receiving 36,393 votes to Forrest’s 11,008. There were 480 write-in votes.

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Published November 16, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — With Election Day come and gone and the votes counted, all cities in the Woodward Talk’s coverage area saw more than 70 percent voter turnout.

The largest-populated city, Ferndale, had a 73.73 percent turnout, with 11,487 voters casting ballots out of the 15,578 residents who were registered.

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Published November 16, 2016

FRASER — A 5-mill public safety proposal was shot down in Fraser on Election Day, Nov. 8.

The millage failed by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, with residents choosing not to pay more taxes in the amount of 27 cents per day for those whose taxable value was valued at $50,000 — or a net annual increase of $100.

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Published November 15, 2016

ROCHESTER — President-elect Donald Trump ultimately prevailed over Hillary Clinton Nov. 8 to be named the 45th president of the United States of America.

In Michigan, Trump and Clinton wrestled for the state’s 16 electoral votes into the early morning hours Nov. 9, with Trump ultimately defeating Clinton by 13,225 votes, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s Office. 

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Published November 15, 2016

AUBURN HILLS/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP/ROCHESTER HILLS/TROY — Karen Davies, Wayne Kakuda and Donearl Johnson outpaced challenger Nicholas Kaltsounis for three four-year terms on the Avondale School District Board of Education Nov. 8, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division. 

Davies earned 6,270 votes, followed by Kakuda with 5,066, Johnson with 4,312 and Kaltsounis close behind with 4,306.

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Published November 15, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Rochester-area voters elected Michelle Bueltel to a partial term ending Dec. 31, 2018, on the Rochester Community School District Board of Education. 

Bueltel outpaced challenger Elizabeth Witten for the seat 14,877 votes to 14,401.

Bueltel, who said she ran for school board because she believes in giving back to the community, is excited to have the opportunity to serve the Rochester community as a school board member.  

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Published November 15, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — In the Grosse Pointes, the vote for president Nov. 8 saw three cities support Republican Donald Trump — who won the election nationally — and two cities support Democrat Hillary Clinton.

In Grosse Pointe Farms, Trump was the victor, getting 3,528 votes — or 53.47 percent of the total — and Clinton received 2,706 votes, unofficial vote counts showed.

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