Democrats who had hoped to wrest control of the U.S. House from Republicans were left disappointed Tuesday. Republicans maintained their 9-5 advantage over Democrats in Michigan congressional races. All of the state’s incumbent representatives held their seats, and Republicans held two open seats.
In buildings across Michigan State University’s campus, hundreds of students stood in lines that wound around buildings. The wait to vote was sometimes longer than two hours. One thing was clear: passion drove students to fill campus polling locations.
Democratic incumbent state Rep. Tom Cochran, D-Mason, faces challenger Republican Leon Clark to represent the 67th District in the state House. With 60 percent of precincts reporting, Cochran leads Clark 56 percent to 44 percent. The 67th District spans much of southern Ingham County. Looking to win his third and final term in office, Cochran previously served on the Lansing Fire Department for over 29 years. Born and raised in Lansing, Cochran has been a mid-Michigan resident his entire life.
“It’s either you stand for something or fall for nothing,” said Michigan State University freshman Sam Bryant on voting in the 2016 Presidential Election. Thousands of MSU students feel the same way, with record-high numbers of new student voters registering to vote in this year’s election.
DEWITT, Mich. — DeWitt residents lined up at the DeWitt Township Community Center as early as 6:30 a.m. in order to vote when the doors opened at 7 a.m.
Eugena Stahl, who has worked elections in DeWitt for more than 30 years, said that despite all the hubbub surrounding this presidential race, everything was going smoothly and as planned. “It’s going really well today,” Stahl said as she held a stack of ballots. “Everyone has been really positive and friendly so far.”
Resident Kimberly Miller enjoys voting and has made her pilgrimage to the polls ever since she turned 18. But something that happened to her for the first time earlier this afternoon made her a little uneasy.
LANSING — Some voters who would rather not darken the door of a church will be out of luck Nov. 8 in many communities. Places with a lot of people in a small area often can’t put all their voters in just one building, said Ed Golembiewski, chief deputy clerk and director of elections in Washtenaw County. So some city, township and county clerk offices find churches with enough space to accommodate voters. “I don’t know what we’d do without churches,” said Joan Runyan, elections coordinator in Livingston County.
That’s a phrase many millennials have come to live by in the age of smartphones, social media and selfies. But when it comes to casting your ballot, Michigan law doesn’t quite agree. Regardless of where or when you’re voting, documenting your ballot with a photo is against state law. That hasn’t deterred some voters from snapping and sharing ballot selfies, unintentionally breaking the law, said Rep. Sam Singh, D-East Lansing, who has sought to repeal the restriction. According to a recent report by the Associated Press, 21 states and Washington, D.C., allow ballot selfies, while 16 states prohibit them with the threat of fines and even jail time.