Election Day is right around the corner– Tuesday, November 6th to be exact. Some are calling this the most important midterm election in decades, but do young people understand the magnitude? Will the young voters head to the polls? The Democrats are hoping to flip the House. The Republicans currently hold the majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
The 2016 presidential election saw roughly the same percentage of youth voters as the 2012 election, but an increase in young voters who did not identify with either major party — something experts say reflects their views on American politics and poses a clear challenge for the major parties. “Youth voters are skeptical about the two major parties,” said Abby Kiesa, director of impact at the The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. “Young people want drastic change, and they don’t think Republicans or Democrats will give them that.”
Young people are increasingly leaving behind the two major parties. This year, 35 percent of youth voters said they identify as independents, which is almost the same as the 37 percent who identified with Democrats before the election. This is compared to 29 percent independents and 45 percent Democrat in 2008.
On March 8, Meridian Township voters hit the polling booths and cast their votes in the 2016 presidential primary election, along with the rest of Michigan. Those booths were a bit busier than usual. According to the township clerk’s office, of the 29,554 registered voters in Meridian, 13,115 submitted either a ballot or an absentee ballot for the primary. It was also reported that at least 3,500 absentee ballots were submitted for this election, compared to only about 1,200 absentee ballots submitted in 2012’s primary. This year’s voter turnout for the primary toppled 2012’s statistic in general, when only 5,917 Meridian voters of 27,377 registered voters submitted a ballot.
For Oscar Castaneda, an immigrant from Guatemala, President Obama’s announcement could not have come fast enough. “I’ve been waiting for 10 years for someone to do something about immigration and nobody does,” Castaneda
But now, that has changed. “First, we’ll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for law enforcement personnel…Second, I’ll make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates and entrepeneurs to stay and contribute to our economy…Third, we’ll take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country,” Obama said in a statement to the United States. But there are not enough details for Castaneda to know whether it will truly effect him. Despite this, he is happy to see something done.
Some have described it as a ‘game changer’ while others have declared it a travesty for Michigan workers. Either way, in a matter days, a GOP majority quickly moved right-to-work legislation through a lame duck session in both the House and Senate. “In the space of 72 hours it went from ‘not on my agenda’ to ‘it’s going be a law in a couple of weeks,’ and that’s a pretty dramatic transition,” said Rick Pluta of Michigan Radio who has been following Lansing politics for more than two decades. It’s a move that marks the end of decades long “closed shop” laws in the state, meaning workers would now no longer be required to join union or pay union dues. For most of his term Gov. Rick Snyder has made it a point to steer clear of such divisive issues.
The main stage at the Michigan Republican Party watch event. Photography: Kara Albrecht
The Michigan Republican Party hosted a watch party event tonight in the Lansing Center. Watch party attendees were remaining optimistic for Hoekstra in the Senatorial Election. To view the full story, visit: http://storify.com/KaraMarie/s
Former Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain made a stop at MSU recently as part of his nationwide ‘College Truth Tour.’ He became a household name during the primaries this past spring. And although Cain is no longer in the race to the White House, that doesn’t mean he still isn’t working to keep his name in the political fray. As part of his nationwide ‘College Truth Tour,’ Cain spoke to a packed audience at the MSU Kellog Center about the current state of the economy and the role college students will play in the recovery. Cain also spoke about his failed presidential run and why he eventually dropped out of the race.
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.
Mitt Romney took Grand Ledge and ultimately won the republican primary in Michigan on Tuesday. In Grand Ledge, there are four precincts, and Romney took 224 votes, which was enough to beat Rick Santorum, who took 223 votes. Romney, who ultimately took 41% of the overall votes in Michigan, also won the Arizona primary. “We didn’t win by a lot but we won by enough and that’s all that matters,” said Romney during his Michigan victory speech. Santorum came in second with 38% of the vote and kept up a good fight throughout the night.