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Eastpointe, Roseville residents cast their votes in Michigan primary

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 16, 2020

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — On March 10, Michigan residents went to the polls for the 2020 presidential primary. Eastpointe and Roseville residents were among them.

In the Democratic Party primary in Eastpointe, 3,666 ballots were cast in support of Joe Biden, while 2,095 were cast for Bernie Sanders. A total of 648 ballots were cast for other candidates, several of whom had previously dropped out of the race, and 95 ballots were cast as uncommitted.

This can be compared to the 838,249 votes received by Biden across the state, which was 52.9% of ballots cast in the Democratic primary statewide, and the 576,503 votes received by Sanders, which was 36.4% of ballots cast in the Democratic primary.

In the Republican Party primary, 1,359 votes were cast for incumbent Donald Trump with 20 being cast for other candidates and 73 being cast as uncommitted in Eastpointe. In Roseville, 2,721 ballots were cast for Trump, 57 ballots were cast for other candidates and 106 ballots were cast as uncommitted. Statewide, Trump received 639,246 votes overall, which was 93.7% of ballots cast in the Republican primary.

Eastpointe and Roseville residents also voted on whether to pass a millage that would collect 1.9 mills for the Macomb Intermediate School District. The measure will raise money for 10 years and will provide the district with an estimated $55 million. For a home valued at about $200,000, the 1.9 mills would cost approximately $190 per year.

In Eastpointe, 4,958 voters chose to approve the millage, and 2,783 voted against it. In Roseville, 5,756 voted to approve the millage, and 2,535 voted against it.

The measure passed overall, and the Macomb County Clerk reports that 118,394 Macomb County residents voted to approve the measure, while 90.460 voted against it. This was a difference of 56.7% to 43.3%.

The other matter on Eastpointe and Roseville ballots was the proposal to renew a millage that would provide the Detroit Institute of Arts with 0.2 mills until 2030. The measure was approved by voters.

In Eastpointe, 5,718 residents voted in support of the DIA millage, while 2,118 voted against it. In Roseville, 6,471 voters cast ballots in support of the millage, while 2,928 cast ballots opposing it. The combined totals of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, whose residents all had the chance to vote on the matter, resulted in a total of 690,822 people voting in support of the measure and 259,177 voting against it.

Supporters of the renewal expressed their gratitude for voters who turned out in support of the museum.

“I’d like to thank the residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties for voting yes for the DIA,” DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons said in a press release. “The DIA millage renewal will ensure the museum can continue offering free field trips and free transportation to tens of thousands of students from local schools each year and free programming for local seniors. The millage also ensures free access to the DIA’s unique collection of art, culture and history for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne county residents.”

In Eastpointe, Assistant City Manager Brian Fairbrother said the election ran smoothly.

“We ordered a sufficient number of ballots,” said Fairbrother. “We had 8,371 voters in this election. In comparison, in the 2016 presidential primary, there were 8,215 voters. (This year) had a turnout of 31.5% of registered voters. The difference this year was that we had so many absentee ballots, with 3,487 being returned. This is compared to 1,288 in 2016. We processed about 30 same-day voter registration ballots on election day as well, thanks to Prop 3 from 2018. … It was a smoothly run election.”

Roseville officials said everything went well on election day. Roseville City Clerk Richard Steenland said there were a few changes that they had to adapt to this year, but he added that they adjusted to them well and said that this election will help them prepare for the larger presidential election in November.

“Everything went relatively smooth. We had about 28% turnout,” he said. “We had no hiccups at the precincts. We had same-day voter registration for the first time and had to process about 100 people in addition to everything else, which was a challenge. The no-reason absentee ballots were allowed in Michigan this year, which a lot of people took advantage of in Roseville and really cut down on congestion at the precincts. We had about 4,500 absentee ballots cast.”