Holly Thompson is the Williamston city clerk and has been busy working on preparing Williamston for one day – the 2018 midterm election. A couple of large tasks that she does for elections which help ensure a fair and easy process for her community are ordering ballots and updating computers. For residents who order ballots overseas, they ship out the absentee ballots 45 days in advance. Thompson’s office also has bipartisan flyers for people looking to learn more about the candidates. “We’ve been extra busy with the absentee ballots because those have been really high and just emails and phone calls and everything,” Thompson said.
By Peter Nuttall
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter
This past Election Day in Grand Ledge resulted in a poor turnout of voters. According to Grand Ledge City Clerk Gregory Newman, only 10 percent of the registered voters in the city of Grand Ledge came out to the polls to vote on Nov. 3. “Ten percent is a very disappointing number,” Grand Ledge Mayor Kalmin Smith said. This year was a non-presidential election year where only city council spots were up for election.
Although being sued discourages many workers, it has made City Clerk Marie Wicks more dedicated. Wicks was sued in August, for presumedly invalidating numerous signatures of a marijuana petition. The petition proposed that adults 21 and older should be allowed to possess one ounce or less of marijuana on private property. While the petition was submitted timely on July 29, there was not enough time to canvass it to validate it by Aug. 12.
By Lilli Khatibi
Entirely East Lansing staff writer
Donald Behm never knew he was destined for success in athletics. In fact, he never even wanted to join the sport that would change the course of his life. “I wanted to be a gymnast, but somehow that didn’t work out,” said Behm. “My brother was a wrestler so I just walked in there one day and it just kind of fit, just felt really good. So I did it and I had immediate success.”
Behm was in the ninth grade when he started wrestling.