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Posted on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 5:57 a.m.

Your guide to's coverage leading up to the Nov. 6 election

By Staff

This is your guide to the highlights of's coverage of the Tuesday, Nov. 6 election.

Voters from across Washtenaw County will decide on local leaders and millages, as well as who will represent them at state and national levels.

You also can find full lists of candidates and issues — plus precinct maps, campaign finance information and polling locations — on the elections section of That's also where you'll find full ballot proposal language.

Check out the online voter guide provided by and at to compare candidates and read about their stances in their own words. Find a sample ballot at the Department of State's online Michigan Voter Information Center.


Check out the MLive Voter Guide

Ann Arbor

Art in public places tax: 9 questions and answers about Ann Arbor's proposed tax for art in public places

City parks millage renewal:

Mayoral race:

5th Ward Ann Arbor City Council: Berry vs. Warpehoski: 5th Ward candidates for Ann Arbor City Council disagree on role of government

Ann Arbor District Library

New downtown library:

Library board: Ann Arbor library board candidates offer opinions on $65M proposal for a new downtown library

Ann Arbor Public Schools

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education:

City charter amendment: Ypsilanti residents voting on new city charter that eliminates partisan elections

City marijuana enforcement: Ypsilanti ballot initiative seeks to direct police efforts away from marijuana enforcement

Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district consolidation:

Lincoln schools millage renewal: Lincoln Consolidated Schools asking voters to renew 2 operational millages

Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County's top fund-raisers for the 2012 election cycle bring in big money

Treasurer: Washtenaw County treasurer candidates sound off in friendly forum

Clerk: No-show at candidate forum gives Washtenaw County clerk chance to reflect

Water resource commissioner: Candidates talk management strategies in race for county water resource commissioner

Sheriff: County sheriff race: Incumbent Jerry Clayton faces challenger Jeffrey Gallatin

Prosecutor: Washtenaw County prosecutor race: Newcomer Justin Altman takes on incumbent Brian Mackie

22nd Circuit Court:

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners:

Townships and other local coverage

Augusta Township:

Chelsea fire millage: Residents to vote on Chelsea Area Fire Authority millage renewal

Dexter township:

Northfield Township: Candidates say desire for change characterizes Northfield Township election

Salem Township: Salem Township voters to decide on rezoning land for commercial use in November election

Saline: Current and former council members vie to be Saline's next mayor

Scio Township: Scio Township residents to vote on millage to keep rural surroundings

Sylvan Township: Candidates for trustee, supervisor face off in Sylvan Township

Michigan state House of Representatives
52nd District: Gretchen Driskell vs. Mark Ouimet:

53rd District: Jeff Irwin vs. John Spisak: Irwin vs. Spisak: Education a key issue for candidates in 53rd District race for state House

54th District: Bill Emmerich vs. David Rutledge: State representative 54th district candidates sound off on issues

55th District: Adam Zemke vs. Owen Diaz vs. David McMahon: Candidates for 55th District seat in Michigan House want to boost economy

U.S. Senate
Hoekstra vs. Stabenow: U.S. Senate candidates both say they'd represent Ann Arbor values in Washington

U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Rep. John Dingell denies he called his Republican opponent Cynthia Kallgren ignorant

Michigan Supreme Court

University of Michigan Regents
University of Michigan regent candidates say college cost, student debt key issues in 2012 race

Statewide ballot proposals
Local coverage:

Statewide coverage from

  • Proposal 1: Michigan voters will decide the fate of the emergency manager law. A "yes" vote will re-establish Public Act 4, which was temporarily suspended ahead of the referendum. A "no" vote will strike PA 4 from the books and, according to an opinion from the attorney general, result in reimplementation of PA 72. Read more on
  • Proposal 2: The proposal would grant public and private employees the constitutional right to organize and bargain collectively through labor unions. It would invalidate existing or future state or local laws that limit the ability to join unions and bargain collectively, and to negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements. Read more on
  • Proposal 3: It would amend the constitution to require Michigan utilities to derive at least 25 percent of their annual electric retail sales from clean renewable sources, including wind, solar, biomass and hydropower, by 2025. It also calls for providers to limit rate increases to 1 percent per year to meet the standard. Read coverage on
  • Proposal 4: The proposal would allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council. It also would continue the current exclusive representative of in-home care workers until modified in accordance with labor laws. Read coverage on
  • Proposal 5: Two-thirds of lawmakers in both the House and Senate would have to vote in favor of a new state tax, expanding the base of taxation, or increasing a tax rate. Read coverage on
  • Proposal 6: The “People Should Decide” measure would amend the state constitution to require a statewide and local vote before any new international bridge or tunnel for motor vehicles is constructed. Read coverage on


Albert Howard

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 10:44 p.m.

Thanks Ann Arbor voters! With appreciation!


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 3:30 p.m.

Ryan Stanton and AA.COM: I heard a rumor that people were mistakenly checking too many judges in the non-partisan section of the ballot and that this invalidated their entire ballot. Can you check this out with the Clerk of Court in Ann Arbor?


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 9:46 p.m.

Thank you, Ryan Stanton. I was about to climb on the "votes are being suppressed" bandwagon!

Ryan J. Stanton

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 5:52 p.m.

I checked with City Clerk Jackie Beaudry. Here's what she tells me: An "overvote" occurs when a voter votes for more candidates than the office allows. Most offices are vote for one, but some, including the board of regents and some of the judges are vote for two or three. Each office indicates the number allowed. An "overvote" invalidates only the race in which the overvote occurred. In the case you mentioned, only the judicial race that was overvoted would be invalidated. The rest of the ballot would still be tabulated.

Kai Petainen

Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 9:21 p.m.

I may not always agree with your opinions, Ann, but you've done an amazing job at covering this election. My hats off to you, and to Ryan Stanton.

Ryan J. Stanton

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 5:51 p.m.

Thanks, Kai. And thanks for being a loyal reader and offering constructive feedback on issues from time to time. Like you said, we might not always agree, but we value voices like yours on

Linda Peck

Sat, Nov 3, 2012 : 2:30 p.m.

The art proposal feels like a strong-arm technique to force a vote, an either or situation with no good opportunity.

Ryan J. Stanton

Sat, Nov 3, 2012 : 2:20 a.m.

The Ann Arbor clerk's office is reminding voters to go online at before they stand in line on election day. The website allows voters to check their registration status, find out where to vote and view a sample ballot specific to the precinct in which they live.

Ryan J. Stanton

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 5:52 p.m.

See my reply below.


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 3:31 p.m.

Hi Ryan, Can you read my comment below re a large number of absentee ballots being invalidated because of mistakes on the non-partisan section? (Ann Arbor) Thanks!

Kathy Griswold

Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 5:37 p.m.

It is somewhat misleading to list the library bond under Ann Arbor. The library district is the same as the 125-square mile Ann Arbor Public School District (except Northfield Township). It includes the City and parts of the townships of Salem, Ann Arbor, Pittsfield, Scio, Lodi, Webster and Superior. The library bond is supported by the DDA, Chamber, and others who support downtown business interests. Also, those who want to use the "free and low cost" features of a new library/community center/convention center/media lab. Township taxpayers will have the opportunity to "opt-out" of this extravagant downtown building by defeating the Library Bond. Vote NO! It's not worth it!


Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 1:35 p.m.

I want to thank those of you at who put together the pages that allow you to create a sample ballot to take into the polling place. I knew who I would vote for for the top positions, but for UM/MSU/Wayne State Boards of Regents? Water resource commissioner? No idea. The candidate answers to your questionnaires were very helpful. I know this project took a lot of work, but it's all worth it. Making citizens better informed is a great service. So thanks!


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 10:11 p.m.

How about a simple ballot?


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 9:21 p.m.

A simple ballot is only for simple minded people.

Yeah buddy

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 5:51 p.m.

Is there anywhere to find polling information on the 6 state-wide ballot proposals. I am curious to see the percentages for and against the 6 proposals.


Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 7:51 p.m.

Freep, WDIV, and several others have posted ballot polls...none of them agree... A review of the statewide polls indicates Prp 1 Yes - 50% No - 50% Prop 2 - 6 -- Yes 30% for all of them NO 60 % for all of them....

Eye Believe

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 3:59 p.m.

Where will I find information on the Lodi Twp issues?

Ryan J. Stanton

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 6 p.m.

chris crawley

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 1:13 p.m.

In augusta we have the usual, nastiness, name calling, sign destruction and desperate vicious power struggle by cliques, squard or groups to continual to ruin a quiet rural community. One has to wonder why?, for the low salaries? for other tangibale benefits? what would those be? what appalls so many of us and why so many do not vote or pay attention to the problems down here , it the intense nastiness and meanness. Those are called civil servants. We see very little of either. They are rarely civil to our problems or to our face and they are most definitely not our servants. They try to be our masters with an iron fist. So we are backing the New Broom party for the Clean Sweep, they are pushing. all and only new people in office, decent, civil neighbors. That is what should be happening in every office in our great republic. But we will start here and work our message up to all levels. a look at the list for trustee shows Newsome, Bennitt, Thornton, chi, Howard, other offices, only nice people are McDonald, Slack. the supervior race is 2 people in office now. what a choice there.

chris crawley

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 1:01 p.m.

look at the Augusta race

Stephen Lange Ranzini

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 10:55 a.m.

Will there be any information or articles about the candidates for Ann Arbor Library Trustee? Since the current board put the $65 million downtown library / convention center on the ballot it might be useful to know who the incumbents are and if they have any opponents?

Stephen Lange Ranzini

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 6:46 p.m.

@Ryan Stanton: Thanks for bringing that to my attention!

Ryan J. Stanton

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 2 p.m.

Stephen, look under the Ann Arbor heading at the top. There's a link to a story I wrote on the library board race.