By Chloe Huard
LANSING – The votes have been counted and the winners have been declared. Now all that’s left is for the residents of Lansing to see what their voting contributions – or lack thereof – will bring in the next few years.
On Nov. 4, Michigan voters re-elected Governor Rick Snyder. In addition, new officials were chosen for state congress, state house and senate, and the state board of education. A majority of these races were won by Republican candidates. The results of these races did not surprise many voters.
“I kind of predicted that Snyder was going to win just because everybody knew who he was,” said Angelica Bower, a 31-year-old military veteran.
In the city of Lansing, nearly every race was won by the Democratic party, a trend that was not seen nationwide. For voter Thomas Summers, a government with one party in charge is a good thing.
“I don’t like having a Congress that gets deadlocked too easily,” said Summers, an employee at Barnes and Nobles bookstore in Lansing. “That’s the part that upsets me. I would cheerfully have voted everybody out of office because of the gridlock.”
Not all Lansing residents had the same reaction to the election. For those who chose not to vote, the impact is less significant.
“I think that you should research (the election) and I didn’t, so I’m not going to vote for something I didn’t research,” said 18-year-old Samantha Grascler, who works at the Lansing Mall food court.
Grascler is unsure if she would have voted even if she was more informed about the election.
“I don’t know, I’m more into the presidential election rather than the smaller,” Grascler said. “I only really knew one person who was running, so I just thought it would be smarter if I didn’t vote.”
According to the Department of State’s displayed election numbers, a little over 3 million people voted in Michigan. Out of this, a little over 88,000 of these people were from Ingham County. This number is smaller in comparison to past presidential elections.
For Bower, voting is especially important. She knows that the right vote will help her military comrades.
“If you really want something to change, you really have to vote,” said Bower, who was at the Lansing Mall. “If you don’t vote, your boys out in the field may have issues.”
Bower said she “wasn’t too thrilled with either candidate” for governor. Now that Snyder has been re-elected, she expects him to continue in the same manner as before.
“He isn’t going to change too much,” Bower said. “You wish that every governor or president will change something they are doing. He’s as good as we’re going to get right now.”
Summers also stressed the importance of voting.
“If you don’t vote, you don’t have a right to complain about things that have happened. You need to have your voice out there,” Summers said. “And if somebody isn’t performing, you have to have the opportunity to take them out of office.”
Summers, who was most interested in the gubernatorial race, plans on following Snyder’s actions in office.
“I’d like to see Snyder get a chance to finish off what he’s trying to do,” Summers said. “I feel that if he hasn’t done something drastically wrong in the first set of years, he should get a second set of years to make sure he has an opportunity to actually accomplish what he’s set out to do.”