Wisconsin primary heightens interest

By William Thiede
MI First Election

Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders were the winners of the Wisconsin Primary on Tuesday, April 5. Cruz took around 48 percent of the Republican vote, and Sanders had roughly 57 percent of the Democratic vote, according to CNN. At the viewing party for the Wisconsin Primary, Francis Talbot said this was a pivotal point in the race for the presidential nominations. “Bernie is starting to gain some ground on Hillary, and that makes this whole thing a lot more intriguing,” said Talbot, a Sanders supporter. “For the Republican side, well, I don’t even think the candidates know what’s going to happen.

No more straight-ticket voting in Michigan

By William Thiede
MI First Election

On Jan. 5, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill eliminating single-party, straight-ticket voting. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Michigan will join 40 states that have eliminated straight-ticket voting. Lisa Canada, a political and legislative director, said “In cities like Detroit, Flint, Saginaw, etc.… where the lines are often very long, a percentage of people will not want to stand in even longer lines than they have in the past, and therefore will not vote.” Canada, who works with the Carpenters Union of Detroit, said that Democratic voters will be affected most. Around half of Michigan Democrats vote straight tickets, said Canada.