Troy voter turnout was low for primary

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published August 9, 2016

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Less than 17 percent of registered voters in Troy cast ballots in the Aug. 2 primary election.

“Voter turnout was very low,” said Troy City Clerk Aileen Dickson. “A lot of the races were uncontested.”

Dickson said she felt the Detroit Zoo millage proposal — which 74.43 percent of Oakland County voters approved, according to unofficial results, and was approved overall — did bring voters out. In Troy, 78.25 percent of voters approved the zoo millage proposal.

Two candidates were running for the Republican nomination for the state house of representatives to represent District 4: incumbent Martin Howrylak and Ryan Manier.

Overall, Howrylak garnered 83.36 percent of the votes to Manier’s 16.53 percent.

In Troy, Howrylak captured 82.97 percent of the vote to Manier’s 16.92 percent.

Howrylak will face Democrat Cyndi Peltonen in the November election.

“All three of us were very positive in our campaigns,” Howrylak said. “At the end of the day, it allows the voters to be served by us being honest with them.”

Dickson noted that U.S. District Court Judge Gershwin Drain issued a stay on the elimination of straight-ticket voting, which could be appealed, but it would not affect voting in the November general election.

She also encouraged anyone who wished to vote by absentee ballot to call the Troy City Clerk’s Office to request one. They are sent out one
month prior to the November election. Also, voters may request absentee ballots up until the Saturday prior to the November election.

Dickson said the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election is Oct. 11.

Results for the precinct delegates to the Oakland County Convention may be seen on the city of Troy website at, under City Clerk, and Election Results.

Call (248) 524-3316 to request an absentee ballot. Troy City Hall is located at 500 W. Big Beaver Road.