Proposal would make sheriffs, prosecutors nonpartisan

By ERIC FREEDMAN
Capital News Service
LANSING – Two traditional political battlegrounds could become, well, less bloody, if 83 county prosecutors and 83 county sheriffs were elected without Democratic or Republican affiliations. Four lawmakers led by Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, want to switch those positions from partisan to nonpartisan. The co-sponsors are Reps. Terry Brown, D-Pigeon; Kevin Daley, R-Lum; and Martin Howrylak, R-Troy. Statewide, the GOP holds a majority of both positions.

Counties move to GOP despite Obama victory

By BECKY McKENDRY
Capital News Service
LANSING — Although Barack Obama won Michigan with about 53 percent of the vote, many counties shifted towards the Republican Party compared to the 2008 presidential election. Analysts often determine party preference by analyzing state Board of Education results. Because citizens tend to know less about those candidates, votes are often based on party label, indicating the voters’ own leanings. Distinctly Democratic and Republican counties can be defined as those where more than 52 percent voted for their respective parties’ Board of Education nominees. By that measure, there were 21 distinctly Democratic counties in 2008.

Getting the vote

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.