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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Conyers will serve his 25th term; Dingell begins his 29th full term. The Old Guard is back again!
"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.
|@ ThadMcCotter : Tonight, I'll be on @BatchelorShow live at 10:15 pm (nationally syndicated/760 WJR in Detroit). #redeye|
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
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.
9:20 p.m. – Results from the county are slow to come in and show all 31 Troy precincts as only partially reporting, but the Recall Janice Daniels crowd is already celebrating.
"I'm elated, over the moon," Recall Janice Daniels co-founder John Kulesz said. "It's amazing to do something that the majority of the people of Troy responded to in such a positive way."
Mary Kerwin, who is in a dead heat with Martin Howrylak, just arrived at the Recall Janice Daniels gathering at Joe Kool's.
9 p.m. – Troy Mayor Recall Question still passing with 24,421 votes tallied (unofficially). "Yes" has 12,680 votes (51.92 percent) and "No" has 11,741 votes (48.08 percent). Stay tuned.
We hear the gap between "YES" and "NO" just widened. More at Troy Patch.
"I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you, to each and every one of you. You know we have been through so much in our state and we know it. But a lot of hard work and lot of sacrifice has allowed us to say, we're coming back, Michigan is coming back. You don't have an economy and you don't have a middle class unless you make things and grow things. The good news is -- that's what we do, that's what we do in Michigan."
|@ cselley : 3% reporting, 61% have voted No (i.e., pro-bridge) on the Michigan bridge motion. Anti-billionairism last remaining prejudice. #shame|
|@ EdgeofSports : Mitt loses Michigan and Mass. Ryan loses Wisconsin. Those who know them best like them least.|
Alert via the Associated Press: OBAMA WINS NY; ROMNEY WINS NE, WY, KS, LA, SD, TX, ND, MI WASHINGTON -- Obama wins NY; Romney wins NE, WY, KS, LA, SD, TX, ND, MI. Keyword-slug: AP-US--APNewsAlert Source: AP
Arrival time: 9:03 pm EST -- Tuesday, November 6
Obama, not Romney, won Michigan. The AP has issued a correction.
|@ lewis_baston : One of my 'home states' in US is Michigan. Funnily enough, 'let Detroit go bankrupt' seems not a winning slogan there.|
With 1% of reporting, Stabenow leads 53% to 44%, according to WDIV.
|@ davidshepardson : MT @GongwerMichigan Exit poll from EPIC/MRA shows Proposals 2-6 heading to defeat, Proposal 1 (emergency manager law) too close to call|
On WXYZ, former Michigan Gov. Jim Blanchard phoned in to say Obama cares about preserving the Great Lakes and has worked closely with Gov. Snyder with the NITC bridge crossing. "Regarding the Romneys, we appreciate the service that George Romney and his wife, Lenore, gave to out state.. but I'm for OBAMA! You know that!"
That's exactly how it sounded.
Watch the local WXYZ broadcast online while the national guys talk on your television.
Voters won't be turned away in Detroit's Precinct 10. Photo courtesy of HuffPost reader Lisa Looney.
|@ MichiganDems : Yeah! RT @divasoglam: @MichiganDems I saw a lot of young and 1st time voters at the polls today :) #MIVOTE|
The Detroit Free Press reports a polling location in Ann Arbor had lines out the door after the electronic poll book malfunctioned. It was back in order after a half hour.
|@ mattklewis : "Romney would be the 1st Michigan native elected president & is the 1st...to win the GOP nomination since Thomas Dewey" http://t.co/L5Pg|
|@ froomkin : In some neighborhoods of Detroit, polling places looked like abandoned buildings, so Common Cause made sure there was better signage.|
MLive Detroit reports that a GOP poll watcher says he was threatened at a Detroit polling location, though Detroit Police have not yet confirmed the incident.
An unnamed Republican lawyer claimed he was headed into a polling place as a credentialed poll watcher when he was confronted by a voter in line, according to the statement.
The voter demanded to see his credentials, then allegedly told the poll watcher he had "a badge and a gun" and ordered him out of the precinct.
Bobby Schostak, chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, released a statement saying that, "Poll watchers, precinct workers and voters should not be put in danger when performing their duties, our Republic requires free and fair elections."
Rhonda Johnson, 25, voted at the Transfiguration Church, located near East McNichols Rd. and Mound Rd. in Detroit. Johnson, who owns her own cleaning service, told The Huffington Post she was voting for Democrats.
"I'm about government helping the small people -- the needy, the poor -- lower taxes, renewable energy and more jobs," she said.
HuffPost reader Andrea Ness ups the ante on voting stickers. Email us at email@example.com or tweet your anecdotes and photos to @HuffPostDetroit. #michiganvotes
Crystal Duncan, 32, (center) went voting with Weldon (left to right), Asia, Ashowna, Quintrell and Shakila at the Transfiguration Church polling station located near East McNichols Rd. and Mound Rd. in Detroit. Duncan said she's voting a Democratic ticket because "they're more for our people than the Republicans are for our people!"
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Prop 1: Emergency Manager Referendum
Proposal 1 is a referendum on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/16/public-act-4-michigan-emergency-manager-law-anniversary_n_1353510.html">Public Act 4 of 2011</a>, which means voters are being given an opportunity to keep the law or vote it down. The act is also known as the emergency manager law because it allows the governor to to appoint an official known as an emergency manager (EM) to act in place of local government officials, if a financial emergency is found to exist. The law also sets standards to determine whether or not local government entities (including a school districts) are in financial distress; requires EMs to develop financial and operational plans to resolve a fiscal crisis and gives them special authority to modify or terminate contracts, reorganize government, and determine expenditures, services, and use of assets to achieve that goal; and also allows a state-appointed review team to enter into an agreement with a local government called a consent decree to resolve a financial emergency. Although Public Act 4 was passed last year, it's temporarily on hold due to state rules governing ballot referendums. A 'YES' vote on the referendum would reinstate the law. <em>Pictured:<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/michigan-emergency-manager-repeal_n_1311582.html"> Members and supporters of the referendum on Public Act 4 drop off boxes of petitions in Lansing in February 2012</a>.</em> (File photo: David Sands/HuffPost)
Prop 1: Pro
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce supports Proposal 1 and keeping PA 4 on the books. "Repeal of this important reform, through ballot initiative, legislative or legal action would severely hinder state government’s effort to improve the fiscal health of local governments and public schools," <a href="http://www.michamber.com/faq/2012-ballot-proposals-0">the organization said in a statement on it's website</a>. <em>Video: Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley explains the impact of Proposal One on Michigan's emergency manager law.</em>
Prop 1: Con
The group Stand Up For Democracy gathered petitions to hold this referendum and vote down Public Act 4. Here's what they say about the law: "This is just a power grab by politicians in Lansing. Political opponents of local officials don't have to beat them in elections. They can just get Governor Snyder and politicians in Lansing to take away power and put their people in place, people who support their political agenda – not the needs of people in the community. We need our leaders to come together to find solutions, not take away voting rights and strip decision-making power from local communities." <em>Video: "Dictators Over Communities of Color"</em>
Prop 2: Collective Bargaining
This proposal would amend Michigan's constitution to grant public and private-sector employees the right to organize and collectively bargain through unions. It would void existing or future state or local laws restricting workers ability to organize unions, or to negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements, including employees’ financial support of their labor unions. It would, however, still permit laws to be made that prohibit public employees from striking. The amendment would also override state laws regulating hours and conditions of employment to the extent that those laws conflict with collective bargaining agreements. Under the law, an "employer" would be defined as any person or entity employing one or more people. <em>Pictured: Detroit wastewater treatement plant workers and supporters <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/detroit-water-strike-union-ends-department_n_1943279.html">walk the picket line during a strike in October 2012</a>.</em> (File photo: David Sands/HuffPost)
Prop 2: Pro
The group <a href="http://protectworkingfamilies.com/">Protect Working Families</a> supports Proposal 2. "That protection is needed because corporate special interests are pressuring Lansing politicians to eliminate collective bargaining," reads a release from the group. "Collective bargaining gives a voice to working families to negotiate for fair wages, benefits and safer working conditions that are good for us all."
Prop 2: Con
The organization <a href="http://handsoffourconstitution.com/">Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution</a> opposes proposal 2. The following is a statement from their website. "This proposal is a deceitful measure that will enhance perks to special interests at the expense of taxpayers. This long and complicated proposal is a union boss wish list of policy ideas that would turn back the clock to the days when union bosses called the shots in Michigan."
Prop 3: Renewable Energy
Michigan's constitution would also be amended under Proposal 3, a ballot measure that would make the state's utilities comply with a new standard for renewable energy. The amendment would 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. It would limit electric utility rate increases charged to consumers only to achieve compliance to not more than one percent per year. It would also allow annual extensions of the deadline to meet the 25 percent standard in order to prevent rate increases over the 1 percent limit and require the legislature to enact additional laws to encourage the use of Michigan-made equipment and employment of Michigan residents. (File photo:AP/Ferdinand Ostrop)
Prop 3: Pro
The group <a href="http://mienergymijobs.com/">Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs</a> argues Prop 3 would help create a clean energy industry in Michigan while helping the environment. "Using more wind and solar energy will reduce pollution and give Michigan cleaner and healthier air and water, protect the Great Lakes, reduce asthma and lung disease and ultimately save lives," reads a statement on the Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs website.
Prop 3: Con
Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution says in a statement on its website that Prop 3 "is likely to increase energy costs dramatically in the future and is a dishonest attempt by investors to cash in on the energy market through our Constitution." The site notes that Michigan already has a law on the books promoting renewable energy (<a href="http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/news_detail.cfm/news_id=12029">10 percent by 2015</a>) and argues that rather than "lock anyone’s idea in the constitution," Michigan voters should be "flexible" on the issue of how power is generated.
Prop 4: Home Care Council
This proposal would amend the state constitution to create a governmental body called the Michigan Quality Home Care Council and allow for limited collective bargaining for home health care workers. The council would be responsible for training home health care workers, creating an employee registry, holding background checks, and offering financial services to patients to manage the costs of care. If passed, the measure would also authorize the council to set minimum compensation standards and terms and conditions of employment. The non-partisan Citizen's Research Council of Michigan <a href="http://www.crcmich.org/PUBLICAT/2010s/2012/memo1119.pdf">estimates the amendment would impact around 42,000 in-home care workers</a> hired by participants in the the Home Help Services Program, which is funded by Medicaid and paid through the Michigan Department of Community Health. The new council would play a role similar to a body called the<a href="http://www.natlawreview.com/article/fight-over-unionization-michigan-home-health-care-workers-continues-federal-court-an"> Michigan Quality Community Care Council that was defunded by the state legislature in 2011</a>. Under that setup, home health care workers were classified as public employees, which allowed Service Employees International Union Healthcare Michigan to collect dues from their wages. State legislators passed a law changing this classification to deny it union representation, but a federal judge later passed an preliminary injunction on the law until SEIU's contract expires in 2013. Proposal 4 would create a new body that would fill a similar role to the previously established council. (File photo: Alamy)
Prop 4: Pro
The group <a href="Pro: http://www.keephomecaresafe.org/">Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care</a> supports Proposal 4. A statement on its website says the amendment "would give all Michiganders – including seniors and persons with disabilities – the choice to direct their own care in their own homes, instead of forcing them into expensive nursing homes or institutions."
Prop 4: Con
Proposal 4 is opposed by the group <a href="http://handsoffourconstitution.com/#issue-1">Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution.</a> A statement on its website says, "This proposal isn’t about quality of health care. This is about cash going to the union SEIU for them to spend on a political agenda." <em>Video: Mackinac Center analysis of Prop 4</em>
Prop 5: 2/3rds Majority Tax Amendment
This measure would amend the state constitution to change how the state government puts new taxes in place. It would require 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 apply to new or additional taxes, the expansion of tax bases, and rate increases. It would not limit or modify tax restrictions already in the state constitution. (File photo: State of Michigan)
Prop 5: Pro
Proposal 5 is supported by <a href="http://miprosperity.com/twothirds-movement/">The Michigan Alliance For Prosperity</a>, which on its website says: "The two-thirds majority initiative protects Michigan taxpayers by encouraging better cooperation between elected officials, fewer increases in our taxes, responsible discussion across party lines and a greater emphasis on reform, prioritization of spending and fiscal responsibility." (File Photo: AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Prop 5: Con
<a href="http://defendmidemocracy.com/the-supermajority-scheme/">Defend Michigan Democracy</a> opposes the measure. In a statement on its website, the group says: "Proposal 5 is almost entirely funded by a lone Detroit billionaire, Matty Moroun. He spent nearly $2.3 million to buy enough signatures of Michigan voters to put the proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot. ... This plot is to buy a constitutional amendment that would protect tax policies that benefit billionaire Moroun and other special interests at the expense of Michigan’s future prosperity and local taxpayers."
Prop 6: International Bridges And Tunnels Amendment
If Prop 6 becomes law it will amend the state constitution in regards to the construction of international bridges and tunnels. The measure would require approval from a majority of voters in a statewide election and in every municipality where “new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles” are to be located. The votes would be needed to allow the State of Michigan spend state funds or resources for acquiring land, designing, soliciting bids for, constructing, financing, or promoting new international bridges or tunnels. The proposal would define “new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles” as “any bridge or tunnel which is not open to the public and serving traffic as of January 1, 2012.” The ballot measure concerns an effort to construct a new bridge over the Detroit River connecting the U.S. and Canada, which is known as the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/12/new-international-trade-crossing-bridge-detroit-michigan-canada_n_1590759.html">New International Trade Crossing (NITC)</a>. Canada <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/16/ambassador-bridge_n_1096366.html">has offered to pay $550 million for Michigan's share of expenses</a> for the construction of the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/12/new-international-trade-crossing-bridge-detroit-michigan-canada_n_1590759.html">estimated $2.1 billion bridge</a>. The crossing has been supported by Gov. Snyder, but has been opposed by Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel "Matty" Moroun. (File Photo/Artist Rendering: AP/Michigan Department of Transportation)
Prop 6: Pro
The group <a href="https://thepeopleshoulddecide.box.com/s/yk6zw6j0h0mdf9dqb89p">The People Should Decided Ballot Committee</a>, supports the proposal 6. A statement on their website reads: "The bottom line is there is tremendous risk associated with committing public dollars to such a massive infrastructure project. ... With so much on the line for Michigan taxpayers, simple prudence demands that everyone whose tax dollars are at risk be given an opportunity for his or her voice to be heard."
Prop 6: Con
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley opposes the ballot measure and supports the construction of the NITC, <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/10/michigan_decides_2012_proposal.html">he told MLive</a>: “The proposal is really nothing more than a delay tactic and effort by one special interest to abuse our constitution to provide protection for his monopoly.” <em>Video: Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.</em>