Southfield resident Frances Saroki double-checks her voting precinct Nov. 6 before casting her vote in the midterm election at Birney K-8 School.

Southfield resident Frances Saroki double-checks her voting precinct Nov. 6 before casting her vote in the midterm election at Birney K-8 School.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

Elections run smoothly in Southfield, Lathrup Village despite high voter turnout

Incumbents remain on SPS school board

By: Kayla Dimick, Tiffany Esshaki | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 13, 2018

 Residents make their selections inside the voting booth.

Residents make their selections inside the voting booth.

Photo by Donna Dalziel


SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — Residents came out in droves Nov. 6 to cast their votes in the 2018 midterm election.

According to Lathrup Village City Clerk Yvette Talley, the city saw one of the highest turnouts in Oakland County on Election Day, with 75.3 percent of registered voters casting ballots. Lake Angelus saw the highest percentage of voters this year in Oakland County, with an 83.7 percent turnout.

Talley said Election Day in Lathrup Village went smoothly.

“It went well; there were no issues. Everyone was great,” she said. “People really got out and exercised their right.”

Southfield saw a 58.0 percent turnout this year, according to unofficial election results from the Oakland County Elections Division.

“There wasn’t really anything major in Oakland County, nothing in regards to my side of the process,” said Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown the morning after the election.

In Oakland County, there was an impressive 64 percent turnout with only a few notable issues or waits reported to the Clerk’s Office.

Some voters held their breath, anticipating long lines or maybe even ballot shortages at the polls following the August primary, when several Oakland County precincts fell short of ballots.

Following an investigation from an ad hoc committee created by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, Brown’s office was largely relieved of the blame for the shortages, and more funding was allocated by the board for future elections to ensure enough ballots and safeguards for on-site ballot printing, along with voter and poll worker education.

“Some of our clerks, I think, had a challenge processing and tabulating all their absentee ballots, so I was in the office until 4:30 this morning waiting for those results to come in with my staff. But I think it went relatively well,” Brown said Nov. 7.

In the race for Michigan governor, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer was victorious over Republican Bill Schuette for the seat.

Throughout the state, Whitmer received 53.3 percent of the vote, or 2,261,450 votes. Schuette received 43.8 percent of the vote, or 1,857,530 votes.

In Southfield, Whitmer received 89.26 percent of the vote, or 31,163 votes. Schuette received 9.31 percent, or 3,250 votes.

Whitmer received 85.65 percent of the vote in Lathrup Village, or 2,340 votes. Schuette received 13.0 percent of the vote.

Unofficial election results indicated overwhelming support for Proposal 1, the legalization of recreational marijuana statewide.

Michigan is slated to be the 10th state to legalize, regulate and tax recreational marijuana for individuals 21 and older. According to unofficial results as of Nov. 7, the proposal had passed in 82 of 83 counties by a margin of 54.95 percent to 45.05 percent — or 1,943,318 votes to 1,593,330 votes.

In Southfield, 65.13 percent, or 22,311 people, voted yes on the proposal to legalize marijuana, while 34.87 percent, or 11,947 people voted no.

In Lathrup Village, 63.34 percent of voters, or 1,667 voters, said yes to the proposal, while 37.66 percent, or 1,007 voters, said no.

In the race for two seats on the Southfield Public Schools Board of Education, incumbents Leslie Love Smith and Darrel B. Joyce were victorious.

Love Smith received 33.36 percent, or 14,574 votes. Joyce received 20.60 percent, or 8,998 votes. Each candidate will serve a six-year term on the school board.

Southfield City Clerk Sherikia Hawkins did not return a request for comment by press time.