Record High of Registered Voters

East Lansing, Mich.—The 2016 presidential election turned out to be the highest volume of registered voters in the history of Michigan, causing a busy day for city officials but also an encouraging display of American pride. Many city officials were scrambling and trying to make the process smooth and easy for newly registered student voters. Marie Wicks, the City Clerk of East Lansing, described election day as “hectic and very busy”. “We had 700 student employees working around campus at the polling locations,” said Wicks. “In terms of residents hired by the city, we had 300 people working, it was doubled from last election and six training sessions as compared to two.”

Wicks was very pleased with the turnout and considered all the events that unfolded on election day to be an “experience”.

Presidential election result leaves pollsters in disarray

If one were to look at the polls for the presidential race in Michigan in August 2016, only one conclusion was possible: Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had it in the bag. As the presidential race wound down and months went by, polls in Michigan grew less predictable , though many remained in Clinton’s favor. In the Detroit Free Press poll from July 30 to Aug. 3, Clinton was on the heels of her Democratic nomination and sat comfortably 11 points above Republican candidate Donald Trump. Trump’s national and state wins on Nov.

Mid-Michigan a Microcosm of Trump Victory

LANSING, Mich. – Inari Ramos strode down Capitol Avenue alone, a winter parka sheltering her from a brisk November gust. Feeling cold and isolated following the outcome of the Nov. 8 election, Ramos wore her emotion close to her heart; a two-toned shirt beneath her jacket expressly stated her disgust. “F— Donald Trump.”

The black lettering on Ramos’ T-shirt espoused the majority of Lansing’s voting population’s views.

East Lansing precinct map

East Lansing votes deep blue; student precincts less certain

When Donald Trump was projected winner of Michigan in the 2016 presidential election, it was the first time a Republican presidential candidate won the state since 1988. Ingham County, one of just eight Michigan counties that voted for Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8, favored her with a clear majority of 60.2 percent compared to Trump’s 32.8 percent. East Lansing City Clerk Marie Wicks was expecting her city and county to support Clinton. “Nothing about our results is surprising, but I was surprised by Michigan’s results,” Wicks said.

Powerful women: a herstory

Women have overcome obstruction on their way to leadership positions, but plenty of obstacles still exist for women pursuing those roles. Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election could be considered the ultimate heartbreak in a career of service and fighting to break through a glass ceiling of leadership opportunities, but her campaign for the presidency changed women’s history no matter the outcome. Meet other women, primarily from Michigan, who have also made contributions to women’s history and broke through barriers to achieve in many different fields of work.

Focal Point post-election show, Nov. 11

In this week’s episode of Focal Point, we have full coverage of the election aftermath. We talk to experts on how Donald Trump pulled off a big upset for president and we find out how many students are coping after rooting for a Clinton victory. Also, many protests have broken out across the country, including right here in East Lansing.

MSU professors break down election results

As the last states rolled in their final votes Wednesday morning, a mix of excitement and shock rippled through the country as Donald Trump became president-elect. 

Pollsters like M-S-U political science professor Matt Grossman predicted a lower turnout in certain parts of the country. “We were speculating turnout might be down because people disliked both candidates,” Grossmann said. “And that was true among African Americans and people in urban areas which was somewhat expected, but turned out to be bigger than we thought.” But many pollsters didn’t count what many are calling the ‘secret’ vote. 

“There was some real persuasion and turnout for whites with lower education who were in rural areas and came out to support Donald Trump, even though those same areas previously supported Barack Obama,” Grossmann said.  

Hillary supporters felt strongly about their chances of winning the election, but researchers say that many may not have been ready for a ‘Madame President’.