Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Five of the six statewide ballot proposals were defeated, according to early results.
Voters throughout Michigan chose Barack Obama over Mitt Romney for president, according to early results, and voted no on at least five of the six state proposals. Michiganders also chose incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow over Republican challenger Pete Hoekstra for Senate, according to early results. Voter turnout was reported to be high across the state. In 2008, 66.2 percent of Michigan's registered voters cast ballots, the highest number since 1968 when voter turnout was 66.8 percent. On Tuesday, many precincts were still taking ballots well after 8 p.m. to accommodate voters. 1:32 AM: U.S. Rep. John Dingell claimed victory and a record-breaking 30th term in Congress. 12:46 AM: Results are trickling in. Dexter Patch reports Gretchen …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Exit polls show voters backing Barack Obama; national media give the state's 16 electoral votes to the president.
The polls have not been closed long, but based on exit polls results several media organizations have declared President Barack Obama the winner of Michigan's 16 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican and native son Mitt Romney. NBC, NPR, CNN, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post all have declared Obama the winner. Media outlets also have called the overall race for Obama. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and in recent elections has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Michigan. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. The economy was a key …
Michigan's voting goes until 8 p.m., but some polls elsewhere close earlier.
Michigan voters have until 8 p.m. Eastern to cast their Election 2012 ballots, but voting in other key swing states ends as much as an hour earlier, and exit polling could provide an early clue whether President Obama or Mitt Romney is closer to the White House. The earliest key state to watch is Virginia, where polls close at 7 p.m. Eastern. Voting ends 30 minutes later in the swing states of Ohio and North Carolina. As Michigan's polls close, the swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire close their polls, too. Nevada and Iowa, two other swing states that could prove pivotal in this year's presidential election, close voting at 10 p.m. Eastern. Check here as Patch updates Election 2012 results as they come in.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Reports on the party's Facebook page say callers from out-of-state give incorrect polling and candidate endorsement information.
Oakland County Democrats report tonight that they're getting "robocalls" with wildly inaccurate election information from people who claim to represent the Obama for America campaign and their own party. On the party's Facebook page, Birmingham resident Nancy Skinner posted a video she shared on YouTube.com with a caller saying that her polling place is the First Baptist Haitian Church, which doesn't exist in Birmingham. Patch has confirmed that the phone number mentioned in the call belongs to an Obama for America field office and has contacted the campaign to determine whether the calls actually came from Obama for America. Others who posted said they received calls from Seattle, WA claiming that Oakland County Democrats are …
Heading to the polls Tuesday? Here's a quick how-to for everything you need to know.
The Nov. 6 election is upon us, and the Greater West Bloomfield area is heading to the polls Tuesday to vote for the nation's president, local school board members and everything in between. So what do you need to know before going to the polls on Tuesday? We'll break it down for you: Still undecided, especially on the local or statewide issues? No problem. Catch up on the issues and all the candidates on the ballot by visiting Elections on West Bloomfield Patch. Can't wait for results? Make sure you stick with West Bloomfield Patch all day Tuesday as report live from various polling stations around town, and then bring you results from all races as they come in. If you hear of anything happening around town, make sure you local editor Tim…
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 for the general election. Greater West Bloomfield area voters can see their ballots and find their voting location before they hit the polls.
Looking for your ballot before you hit the polls in the Greater West Bloomfield area? Publius has it online. In its 16th year, Publius.org is a nonprofit, one-stop online voter education guide. “We designed it for voters who want to make sure there are no surprises at the polling booth” said Vince Keenan, creator and executive director of Publius.org. “Publius helps you familiarize yourself with the ballot before you hit the polls.” Also, if complicated redistricting has you confused, the site offers a 2012 district-mapping function with updated districts so you can easily check the boundaries of your U.S. congressional, state senate and house seats. Michigan voters can find: Publius.org is hosted at Wayne State University and is a non-…
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Search the latest Michigan data made available by the Federal Election Commission for contributions to President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
- Don Wyatt
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The presidential campaigns of President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are fueled with hundreds of millions of dollars donated by individuals in 2012. The watchdog Web site, opensecrets.org, estimates contributions nationally by individuals to Obama's campaign totaled $631 million. Romney's share of contributions by individuals was $384 million. The analysis is based upon the latest Federal Election Commission records released in late October. Closer to home, opensecrets.org reports that Michigan ranked 16th with $13 million contributed by individuals to both candidates, $7.8 million to Romney and $5.2 million to Obama. Curious which Michiganders gave to the major presidential campaigns? You can use the widget …
Friday, November 2, 2012
"It would be fair to conclude that during this time, collective bargaining has served the district very well," says Birmingham Education Association president Scott Warrow.
Friday, November 2, 2012
This letter was received by Birmingham Patch local editor Laura Houser. The current Birmingham Board of Education has said time and again to its teachers and other employees that it values collective bargaining and discussion as way to resolve issues and get things done in this district. Even past Birmingham Boards of Education have expressed similar sentiments, dating all the way back to 1928, almost 85 years ago, when the first contractual settlement took place between the newly formed Birmingham Education Association and the Birmingham Public School district. Collective bargaining and cooperative negotiation has been a bedrock of Birmingham Public Schools since its inception. And in recent times, it has proven to be a peaceful and …
Local clerks offices open Saturday to accommodate absentee voters.
If you are planning to vote by absentee ballot, you are not alone. With just days to go before the Nov. 6 general election, more than 11,000 West Bloomfield residents have returned absentee ballots as of Friday, according to Township Deputy Clerk Joe Munem. Munem said that of 15,437 absentee ballots issued, 11,320 have been returned (73 percent). The Township Clerk's office in Town Hall is open between 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday to accommodate absentee voters. It was a similar story Friday in Sylvan Lake, where 228 absentee ballots have been received out of 328 issued (70 percent), as well as Keego Harbor, where 125 absentee ballots were returned out of 198 issued (63 percent), and Orchard Lake Village, where 454 absentee ballots were returned…
Even relatives are drawn into the mix of odd stories coming out of the district, which includes parts of West Bloomfield.
In the final days before the Nov. 6 general election, the 11th District Congressional race has taken more twists and turns than a Six Flags roller coaster. The race started out in strange territory, when a review of re-election petitions for former 11th District Congressman Thaddeus McCotter showed he hadn't gathered enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. McCotter aides are facing trials in connection with the campaign scandal. Politico.com reported Nov. 1 that the brother of Republican candidate Kerry Bentivolio told Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS), a subscription-based news service, that his brother is "mentally unbalanced". Phillip Bentivolio also claims his brother owes him $20,000; Politico.com quotes Kerry …