Harper Woods residents cast their votes in Michigan primary

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published March 13, 2020

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HARPER WOODS — March 10 was the Michigan presidential primary election, and Harper Woods residents made their voices heard.

Harper Woods residents voted similarly to the state average in the presidential primary. In the election, 2,005 Harper Woods residents, or 61.65% of those in the city who voted in the Democratic Party primary, voted for Joe Biden, and 1,023 people, or 31.46% of those in the city who voted in the Democratic Party primary, voted for Bernie Sanders.

There were 206 votes cast across the 13 other candidates, several of whom had already dropped out of the race. There were 18 votes cast as uncommitted.

This can be compared to the 838,491 votes received by Biden across the state, which was 52.9% of ballots cast in the Democratic Party primary statewide, and the 576,648 votes received by Sanders, which was approximately 36.4% of ballots cast in the Democratic Party primary.

In the Republican Party primary in Harper Woods, incumbent Donald Trump received 371 votes, or 91.6% of ballots cast, while 13 votes were cast for challengers and 21 were uncommitted.

Statewide, Trump received 639,650 votes overall, which was approximately 93.7% of ballots cast in the Republican Party primary.

The only other matter on ballots in Harper Woods was the proposal to renew a millage that will provide the Detroit Institute of Arts with 0.2 mill until 2030. That means residents will pay 20 cents per $1,000 of taxable property, so a home with a taxable value of $100,000 will pay $20 a year.

Harper Woods residents voted to approve the millage renewal with 3,013 residents voting in support and 577 voting against it. This was in line with the overall Wayne County results, where 289,139 Wayne County voters approved the renewal, while 92,832 voted against 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.”

Harper Woods election officials reported a smooth election day with no major problems or delays.

“We had no issues on election day. We had no problems with ballots, we had enough ballots, and we had a lot of people turn out. We had about 30% of registered voters cast a ballot,” said Laurel Lombardi, the deputy clerk. “Our election went very smoothly.”