Mich. voters face an array of decisions on ballot

Gary Heinlein
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Michigan voters will decide Tuesday if Republicans continue their control of the governorship and Legislature, determine if Democrats maintain their 36-year hold on one of the state's two U.S. Senate seats and elect at least five new members of Congress.

They also will choose three of the seven state Supreme Court justices, the attorney general and secretary of state, State Board of Education and governing board members at Michigan's three largest public universities and a host of judgeships.

Down the ballot, voters will find two referendums on Michigan wolf hunting and an array of millage issues for schools and other purposes. Electors also will choose a new leader to replace longtime Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano.

Among the big races, Democratic Congressman Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township is contesting former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, a Byron Center Republican, for the U.S. Senate seat from which Sen. Carl Levin is retiring.

All of Michigan's 14 U.S. House seats also are up for election, including five in which incumbents decided to retire or not seek re-election. Republicans currently hold nine of the seats and are favored to retain their advantage.

The entire Michigan Legislature — all 148 members — is up for election. Republicans currently have a 26-12 Senate majority and a 59-50 majority in the House, which also has one independent member.

In Wayne County, former Sheriff Warren Evans, a Democrat who defeated Ficano in the Aug. 5 primary, is favored to become the next executive. His Republican opponent is Livonia Human Relations Commissioner John Dalton.

Voters are being asked their feelings about wolf hunting in Michigan through ballot propositions 14-1 and 14-2. "Yes" is a vote in favor of wolf hunting, which is allowed in the state; a "no" vote is against it.


Voting information

Election Day voting

■The polls are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

■On Election Day, voters will be asked to show a photo identification card at the polls. If they do not have a photo ID, they can still vote, but must sign an affidavit attesting that they're not in possession of their ID.

■Voters are prohibited from wearing or displaying election-related materials, such as buttons, clothing, pamphlets or stickers at polling places or within 100 feet of an entrance to a polling place.

■Those who register to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election in which they participate. The restriction does not apply to voters who are 60 or older, active duty military, overseas or disabled.

■Registered voters can download sample ballots and look up their voting precincts on the Secretary of State's elections website at https://vote.michigan.gov/mvic/.

Absentee ballots

The deadline to get an absentee ballot mailed by a local clerk expired on Saturday. But registered voters who applied for absentee ballots must return their ballots to the local clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day for their votes to count.

Source: Michigan Secretary of State