Elections

Elections
8:52 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Problems arise with online absentee ballot applications

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's elections bureau is warning clerks about problems with a Democratic Party program that lets voters apply online for absentee ballots. 

The bureau alerted election administrators late Monday that clerks are getting applications for voters who don't live in their jurisdiction. The memo obtained by The Associated Press also says they're receiving duplicates, applications without signatures and signatures that don't match records.

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Elections
8:37 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Dems encourage voter participation

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Democrats are launching a new tool they say will allow Michigan voters to apply online for absentee ballots in communities across the state. 

Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the announcement Thursday about the MIAbsentee.com site.

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Elections
10:35 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Michigan voters overwhelmingly approve business tax cut

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan will phase out an unpopular tax on business equipment. Voters overwhelmingly approved Proposal 1 on the primary ballot Tuesday.        

Governor Rick Snyder says the proposal was a win-win for businesses and local governments, which collect the tax.

“One, it’ll make us more competitive in terms of our businesses, which will lead to job creation.” Snyder told reporters Tuesday. “Secondly, it’s going to help our local governments to have a more stable, better source of revenue. And third, it doesn’t cost our taxpayers a dime.”

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Elections
10:35 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Gladstone recall petition denied

ESCANABA, MI--   The Delta County Election Commission has denied the wording of a petition to recall three Gladstone officials.  

Resident Timothy DeClaire initiated the petition, which is aimed at Mayor Joseph Maki, Mayor Pro Tem Hugo Mattonen, and Commissioner David Nemacheck.  DeClaire says the officials should not have levied an additional 1.8 mills to the Gladstone City millage without holding a public hearing. 

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Elections
9:29 am
Mon August 4, 2014

MI groups promote Proposal 1

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Big business is taking no chances to make sure voters approve a statewide referendum needed so a gradual $500 million cut in taxes on their machinery and equipment stays intact.

Manufacturers, automakers and others spent nearly $7 million promoting Proposal 1 as of two weeks before Tuesday's primary election.

There's no organized opposition, but the effort reflects concern that voters will reject the ballot measure primarily out of confusion.

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