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Elections
3:35 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 2nd Ward City Council Race

Ann Arbor's 2nd Ward City Council race may be the most hotly contested. Two of the three candidates have raised more money than all other council candidates in the city, combined. 

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Local News
10:03 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Ypsi Twp Voters Approve Millage Requests

Voters in Ypsilanti Township said "yes" to all four millage requests on their ballot Tuesday.

Millage increases to support police, fire and refuse collection services each passed with roughly 70% of the vote.  A recreation millage renewal also passed, but by a narrower margin.

Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo says voters realized the importance of their township being able to continue to provide important services in tough economic times. 

Join David Fair for the complete wrap-up of un-official election results Wednesday during Morning Edition.

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Local News
9:58 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Primary Results Find One Incumbent Out

Voters in Ann Arbor's fourth City Council ward went with the challenger over the incumbent in Tuesday's Democratic primary.

Un-officials results showed Jack Eaton with 60% of the vote, to incumbent Marcia Higgins' 40%.   Eaton is not expected to be challenged for the seat in November.

Third ward voters narrowly favored incumbent Stephen Kunselman over challenger Julie Grand, 52% to 48%.  Kunselman will take on independent candidate Samuel DeVarti this fall.

Local News
9:35 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Whitmore Lake Voters Reject Bond Issue

Whitmore Lake Schools voters soundly rejected a $12.3 million bond issue Tuesday.  Superintendent Kim Hart says the un-official tally wasn't close: 690 "no" votes to 310 "yes" votes.

She says the main complaint the district heard from voters was that their taxes were already too high, particularly in Northville Township and Washtenaw County.

Hart says some tough decisions will have to be made going forward, because at this point any money needed for things the district needs to repair, remodel or replace will come directly out of the classroom.

Elections
7:55 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Election Day in Washtenaw County

As far as elections go, today is going to be a light day in Washtenaw County.

Ypsilanti Township has four tax questions on the ballot.

  1. Proposition "A" would generate revenues to replace some of the fire service revenues lost due to decrease in property values.
  2. Proposition "B" would generate revenues to replace some of the police services revenue lost due to decrease in property values.
  3. Proposition "C" would raise money for the purpose of providing revenues for recreation and park facilities, bike paths, the repair of sidewalks and roads and general operating purposes.
  4. Proposal "D" Would provide money for waste collection and environmental protection.

In Ann Arbor, there are two contested, Democratic primary races for city council.

  • In the 3rd Ward Julie Grand is looking to unseat Incumbent Stephen Kunselman.
  • In the 4th Ward. Marcia Higgins seeks to fend off a challenge from Jack Eaton. The winners today will be unopposed in November, barring a write-in campaign.


 Voters in the Whitmore Lake School District will decide a $12.3 million dollar bond issue. If passed, the district would sell bonds to raise money to remodel and update school facilities.
   

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has a look at anticipated voter turnout today.

Election Day Preview

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Taxes
11:36 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Voters to Decide Whitmore Lake Schools Bond Issue

The Whitmore Lake Public School District has one issue before voters on Tuesday. 

As WEMU's David Fair reports, the district is seeking approval of a $12.3 million bond issue.

Whitmore Lake Public School District seeks approval of 12.3 million dollar bond issue.

Elections
7:21 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Ann Arbor 4th Ward Democratic Primary Preview

A long-time Ann Arbor City Council member is facing a challenge from a candidate running for a seat for a third time in Ann Arbor's 4th ward. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on tomorrow's democratic primary election between incumbent Marcia Higgins and challenger Jack Eaton.

Preview of Tuesday's 4th Ward Democratic Primary Election in Ann Arbor's 4th ward.

Elections
7:15 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council 3rd Ward Primary Election Preview

Tuesday is primary election day, and while the ballot is rather light, Voters in Ann Arbor's 3rd ward  will be among those going to the polls. 

Residents there will choose between incumbent City Councilman Stephen Kunselman and challenger Julie Grand. WEMU's Andrew Cluley

Preview of Tuesday's Democratic Primary election in Ann Arbor's 3rd Ward.

Education
8:23 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Effort to Recall Six Ann Arbor School Board Members is Rejected

Credit AAPS

The Washtenaw County Election Commission on Thursday rejected ballot language that sought to recall six members of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education. 

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the commission voted unanimously to reject submission for lack of clarity.

The Washtenaw County Election Commission rejects the recall attempt of six members of the Ann Arbor School Board, citing a lack of clarity in the ballot language.

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Government
9:33 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Incumbents Meet Challengers in Candidates Forum

Third ward candidates Julie Grand (l) and incumbent Stephen Kunselman.
Credit Bob Eccles

Two Democratic Ann Arbor City Council members face primary election challenges on August 6th. In the 3rd Ward, Incumbent Stephen Kunselman is being challenged by Julie Grand. In the 4th Ward, John Eaton seeks to unseat Marcia Higgins, and advance to the November General Election. The candidates met Wednesday night  in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area. WEMU's Bob Eccles was there and has this report.

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Government
8:33 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Dexter Moves Closer to Becoming a City

Residents in the Village of Dexter have voted to continue on the path to becoming a city. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on the vote in Tuesday's election.

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Elections
10:35 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Washtenaw County Election Results 5/7/13

A light ballot in Washtenaw County on Tuesday day means relatively quick results. The results, keep in mind, are unofficial until certified by the Board of Canvassers.

Voters in Dexter Village have opted to continue moving forward with the process of becoming a city. The measure passed on a vote of 460-to-408. The next step will be the election of a nine-member charter commission. Once a draft charter is adopted and passed by the state, incorporation into city-hood will go before a vote of the people.

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Elections
5:38 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Driskell Wins 52nd District

Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell has defeated incumbent Republican state representative Mark Ouimet in the 52nd district.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Elections
5:34 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Voters Approve Consolidation of School Districts

The consolidation of the Willow Run and Ypsilanti school districts was approved by voters on Tuesday.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Elections
5:32 am
Wed November 7, 2012

State Ballot Proposals Fail

Six state-wide ballot proposals were rejected by voters on Tuesday.  State Representative Jeff Irwin thinks the large number of proposals hurt the chances for any of them.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Elections
9:27 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Voters Will Elect New Mayor in Saline

With Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell challenging State Representative Mark Ouimet for his 52nd district seat, the city will have a new mayor after Tuesday's election.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has a preview of the Saline mayoral race.

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Elections
8:54 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Pot Proposal on Ypsi Ballot

Ypsilanti voters will decide a ballot issue next week regarding possession of marijuana.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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News
10:16 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

About 30 People Attend Last Public Forum On Proposed Ypsilanti-Willow Run Consolidation

The last public forum before Ypsi-Willow Run consolidation issue is decided at the polls
Bob Eccles

A crowd of about 30 people attended last night's public forum on the proposed consolidation of the Willow Run and Ypsilanti school districts.  WEMU's Bob Eccles reports on  the last of these meetings before voters decide the issue November 6th.

News
10:42 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Governor Snyder Visits Saline For Town Hall Meeting

Governor Rick Snyder (l) and State Representative Mark Ouimet (r) at last night's town hall meeting in Saline.
Bob Eccles

Governor Rick Snyder made a stop in Saline last night to participate in a town hall meeting where he warned the crowd to be careful voting on ballot proposals that would change the state Constitution.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

News
2:09 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Superintendents Field Questions At Community Consolidation Forum

Superintendents of WISD, Willow Run and Ypsilanti make a presentation at a community forum on the proposed consolidation of the Willow Run & Ypsi school districts.
Bob Eccles

The Superintendents of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts fielded questions at a community forum last night regarding the proposed Ypsi/Willow Run consolidation.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Elections
9:41 am
Wed October 10, 2012

LWV School Board Election Forum

Two candidates vying for the single seat available on the Ann Arbor school board next month met Tuesday night at a League of Women Voters candidate forum.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Elections
12:37 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

LWV Election Forums

The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor area is taking its mission of voter education to cable t-v.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Ballot Proposals
9:20 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Forums Set on State Ballot Proposals

Eastern Michigan University is hosting a series of forums on the six state-wide proposals voters will see on their November ballots.   Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

News
9:18 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Election Inspectors Needed in Ypsilanti

Bob Eccles

With the November election rapidly approaching, the city of Ypsilanti is looking to fill some election-related positions.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

News
5:41 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

A Look At the Citizenship Check Box and Local Ballots

A voting rights coalition has asked a Federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction prohibiting the use of check-off boxes that ask voters to confirm their U.S. citizenship on November ballots.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has that, and a look at what you can expect to find - or not find - on your local baloot.

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