Getting the vote

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By Tiara Marocco
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Writer
October 1, 2012

BATH, Mich.  – With September over, Election Day is a month away and this year, Bath board members are trying to get out the vote.

Bath Township is encouraging young people to use their voice and vote.

“We’re doing a mailer this week that will go out to a significant amount of our student population that will encourage registration for voting,” said Paula Clark, Bath Township supervisor.

Clark, along with other Township Board members, went to the Chandler Crossings apartments in East Lansing, mainly student-populated complex, where they spoke with students about registering to vote.

“I am registered [to vote] and plan to vote this year because I feel it is my duty as a citizen,” said local resident, Grace Perry, 20.  “I believe that as long as the younger generation is knowledgeable on the current debate information, there is no reason that they shouldn’t vote because their generation will be even more so affected by this election.”

Not only does every vote make a difference, but voting is also a good experience, especially to those who are doing it for the first time, expressed Bath resident, Rachel Dugan.

According to The Clinton County Website, statistics show that Bath residents mostly voted for the Democratic Party in the primary election of 2008, but for this year’s primary, the Republican votes came out on top.

When it comes to Political Parties, Leon Puttler, Bath Township trustee, feels that the people of this Township seem to be “half and half” when voting for a certain party.

“When we have controversies it’s not because of Democrat versus Republican,” Puttler said.  “It’s about differences of opinions on the issues and that’s how people vote.”

“We are still trying to make it non-Partisan on our own board, however in order to run you need to follow a party,” Clark added.

Many of the board members are Democrat and encourage their supporters to vote this way, however, Bath residents will be able to share their own opinion on voting day.

“My friend voted Democrat in the last election but will be voting Republican this year,” said Dugan.  “They felt that promises weren’t kept and decided to change their Party views for this election.”

The town of Bath has different views on their political parties and according to the primary results, has shifted its votes since the last election.

“Over the years, I think Bath’s stand point has varied because of the financial status of many,” Perry said, “but I feel that a majority is leaning more to the Republican base this year.”

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