On Election Day, Michigan voters will consider six proposals and vote in a plethora of important races. The state has 16 electoral votes in the presidential race, and has gone Democratic every year since 1992.
Informed voters make for beautiful democracy. Stay with HuffPost Detroit all day while we bring you the story of today's election. Visit the Detroit Politics page to read about Michigan's biggest issues, go behind-the-scenes of two major grassroots campaigns and see if our bloggers can change your mind about the statewide ballot proposals.
Below, follow our live blog throughout the day for poll data, photos, links, interviews, results and more. Have problems (or funny incidents) at the polls? Email us or tweet your anecdotes and photos to @HuffPostDetroit.
11/07/2012 1:36 AM EST
Blow To Michigan Unions? Prop 2 Is Defeated
In a major blow to Michigan unions, voters rejected a proposal that would have amended the state's constitution to guarantee public and private-sector employees the right to organize and collectively bargain at the polls Tuesday. Proposal 2 failed at the polls with 58 percent of voters opposing the measure and only 42 percent supporting it, with 70 percent of precincts responding, according to the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press.
Gov. Rick Snyder, State Attorney General Bill Schuette and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce were among those who opposed the union-backed measure.
If Proposal 2 had become an amendment, it would have voided existing and future laws restricting workers' ability to organize unions, or to negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements, including employees’ financial support of their labor unions. But it still would have permitted lawmakers to pass legislation prohibiting public employees from striking. The measure would have also overridden state laws regulating hours and conditions of employment to the extent that those laws conflicted with collective bargaining agreements.
Read more at The Huffington Post.
11/07/2012 1:13 AM EST
Burning The Bridge Amendment
Michigan voters set fire to Proposal 6 tonight, which would have required a public vote to build any bridge to Canada -- but particularly the New International Bridge Crossing between Detroit and Windsor. According to the Detroit News, 61 percent of voters did not support the proposal and 31 voters voted for it, with 62 percent of precincts reporting at 1 a.m. Wednesday.
The following is a statement from Mickey Blashfield, director of The People Should Decide ballot committee, reacting to the election results.
"It is clear the voters resisted amending the constitution, but it would be a mistake to assume taxpayers support a flawed government bridge that puts taxpayers at risk. Proposal 6 successfully invited public scrutiny of the $3.5 billion government proposal. We have full confidence that the citizens, legislature, and financial community will continue to hold any bridge to its promises of 'not one dime of taxpayer money.'
"We are happy with the investment made in this campaign on behalf of taxpayers and the 5,000 families employed by Ambassador Bridge family of companies. Like any family business, we would do it again - and will in different ways - to defend economic freedom and limited government. If the governmental proposal doesn't collapse from the weight of legal and congressional scrutiny, the NITC will never be built over unstable salt mine foundations, where land speculators are lining up to get rich on the government's tab."
Read more at The Huffington Post.
11/07/2012 12:37 AM EST
The Sun Sets On Proposal 3, Michigan's 25 By 2025 Environmental Amendment
Proposal 3, a state ballot initiative promoting renewable energy, fizzled out at the polls Tuesday. 36 percent of voters supported the measure, while 64 percent came out against it, according to the Detroit Free Press at 12:27 a.m Wednesday.
Also known as the 25 by 2025 proposal, Prop 3 would have amended the Michigan constitution to mandate a new renewable energy standard for the state's energy utilities. It set a deadline of 2025 to require electric utilities to generate at least 25 percent of their annual retail sales of electricity from renewable energy sources, which include wind, solar, biomass and hydropower.
Read more at The Huffington Post.
11/07/2012 12:34 AM EST
Proposal 5 Fails
Michigan's voting public has come out strongly against Proposal 5. The measure would have amended the state constitution to change how the state government puts new taxes in place -- but voters rejected the measure 69 percent to 31 percent, according to the Detroit Free Press with 52 percent of precincts reporting at 12:27 a.m. Wednesday.
The measure would have required either a two-thirds majority vote in the state House and the state Senate, or a statewide vote of the people at a November election to raise taxes. The measure would have applied to new or additional taxes, the expansion of tax bases, and rate increases. It would not have limited or modified tax restrictions already in the state constitution.
Read the whole story at The Huffington Post.
11/07/2012 12:16 AM EST
Prop 1 Flips In Freep, WDIV Tallies
Don't count on Proposal 1, which ratified Michigan's emergency manager law, to be okayed just yet. The Detroit Free Press and WDIV both have recently put "NO" votes in the lead, 51 percent to 49 percent with 52 percent of precincts reporting. That's a flip from earlier this evening, when "YES" votes to keep PA 4 were leading by about 10 percent.
11/06/2012 11:34 PM EST
Conyers And Dingell Win
Conyers will serve his 25th term; Dingell begins his 29th full term. The Old Guard is back again!
11/06/2012 11:02 PM EST
Peters Sends Out Press Release Of Victory
"Detroit - Tonight U.S. Representative Gary Peters was declared the winner in the race for Michigan’s new 14th Congressional District. As the first Congressman to ever represent the county seats of both Oakland and Wayne Counties, Peters pledged himself to working on uniting our region.
“By bringing together a diverse coalition of supporters, we've won the race for the new 14th Congressional District and now it's time to begin a new chapter of partnership and cooperation throughout the Greater Detroit region,” said U.S. Rep. Gary Peters. “There's a lot more that unites us than divides us, and that's why I'm looking forward to bringing together leaders from across our community to develop solutions to the regional challenges all of us face. To everyone that came out and voted today, thank you for making your voice heard and let's get to work.”
The new 14th District includes parts of Detroit, the Grosse Pointes, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Southfield, Lathrup Village, Royal Oak Township, Oak Park, Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Orchard Lake and Pontiac.
11/06/2012 10:41 PM EST
In Case You're Free..
@ ThadMcCotter :
Tonight, I'll be on @BatchelorShow live at 10:15 pm (nationally syndicated/760 WJR in Detroit). #redeye
11/06/2012 10:38 PM EST
UPDATE: Michiganders Saying 'No' To All Proposals
We have an update on the latest numbers for several Michigan state ballot proposals.
WIth 19 percent of state precincts reporting at 10:26 p.m., WDIV-TV reports:
Proposal 1 has 56 percent of Michigan voters supporting and 44 percent opposing.
Proposal 2 has 61 percent opposing and 39 percent supporting.
Proposal 3 has 64 percent opposing and 36 percent supporting
Proposal 4 has 60 percent opposing and 40 percent supporting
Proposal 5 has 68 percent opposing and 32 percent supporting
Proposal 6 has 62 percent opposing and 38 percent supporting
11/06/2012 10:25 PM EST
Janice Daniels Update
More from Troy Patch:
10 p.m. – "Yes" votes now account for 52.01 percent of the vote (13,883) while "No" votes account for 47.99 percent (12,812). So far, 26,695 votes on the recall issue have been unofficially reported to the county.