Ingham adopts new commission district map

Ingham CountyThis is the map of 15 districts adopted by the Ingham County Commission in October, 2021. After weeks of meetings, the Ingham County Apportionment Commission has chosen a new map for commission districts. The map, proposed by Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, was adopted by the Commission at its Oct. 8 meeting. The map increases Ingham County’s commissioner count from 14 to 15.

Absentee voting increases Mason turnout

Absentee voting might increase voter turnout in Mason’s November election, says Clerk Sarah Jarvis. On Nov. 2, residents of Mason will vote on the Park, Trailway, and Pathway Millage proposal. Jarvis said absentee voting boosts turnout for smaller elections, such as this. The City of Mason has a Permanent Absent Voter List, which allows people to automatically receive absentee ballot applications for every election. 

East Lansing clerk sets up campus desk to register MSU voters

Marie Wicks and assistant work the satellite office in Brody Hall’s lobby. EAST LANSING – Instead of waiting for students to come to elections, the East Lansing city clerk is bringing elections to the students. On Monday, Clerk Jennifer Shuster opened a satellite office on the ground floor of Brody Hall, home to the popular Brody Square cafeteria. The goal is for students to register in time for the city council election on Nov. 2.

Campaign volunteer spends election day thanking people for voting

While many voted early or voted by mail this year, the polls were open in-person voters. Voters who went to the Hannah Community Center were greeted by a passionate campaign volunteer. Alan Shulman is a senior international relations student at Michigan State. He at the community center from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. thanking people for voting and encouraging them to support Democratic candidates including Joe Biden, Gary Peters and Elissa Slotkin. “If people care about proper representation, they have to go and make their voices heard on the issues they care about,” Shulman said.

18 year-old runs for Okemos School Board

Thomas Gorman graduated in the spring from Okemos High School. After spending four years there, he knew there were some changes he wanted to see. So, he decided to do something about it. Gorman ran for the Okemos School Board in this election. Not only was this his first time on the ballot, but this was also the first general election he was eligible to vote in.

A "vote" sign is staked outside Dixie Baptist Church in Oakland County's Springfield Township.

Michigan voters head to polls

Michigan voters headed to the polls this morning amid a pandemic that’s helped push absentee voting to record levels. More than 3 million Michigan voters have cast absentee ballots, according to the Secretary of State’s office, and 2 million people are expected to vote in person at the polls today. That could beat a turnout record of just over 5 million ballots cast in 2008.

Total value of in-kind contributions in races for sheriff in Michigan’s 10 most populous counties. Numbers include multiple candidates in some counties and covers from Jan. 1, 2018 to the post-primary filing deadline of Sept. 23, 2020. An in-kind contribution is a non-monetary contribution such as goods or services.

Cigars and vacuum among in-kind contributions to sheriff candidates

POLITICAL VACUUM: Cigars, a vacuum, a crossbow and $1,200 worth of Red Wings tickets are among the in-kind political contributions Michigan sheriff candidates received in the run up to the 2020 election. A Capital News Service study found that candidates for sheriff in Michigan’s 10 most populated counties received over $69,000 in in-kind campaign contributions. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard received the most – $14,398.14. The average among the 13 candidates who raised or spent enough to file reports was $5,326. Campaign finance experts say the contributions are poorly monitored and penalties for violating contribution rules are rare. By Kyle Davidson and Josh Valiquette. FOR ALL POINTS. Editor’s note: This story is part of a CNS series on money in county political races that can be used up to the election and beyond. The rest of the stories with graphics: County Campaign Finance.