Election Special

Small boat naval flag from early 1900s. Photo by KS.

Vote! ¡Vota! Vote! ¡Vota!

By Kathleen Schenck
Nov. 1, 2018

Dónde votar:

El mapa: https://www.cityofholland.com/sites/default/files/fileattachments/ward-precinct_map_rev_6.2014_1.pdf

¿Preguntas? City Clerk’s Office: (616) 355-1301, clerk@cityofholland.com.

We don’t need more mudslinging. We don’t need to go high when they go low, because there truly is no “Us” versus “Them”. There’s a country in pain, with Michigan symbolically and geographically in the middle of that pain. What we need is sound governing.

Rather than point out all the reasons why the current federal administration is failing us (though you can read about it in Max Boot’s op-ed in the Washington Post here or Charles M. Blow’s op-ed in the New York Times here) and the missteps from local candidates (though you can read about it in Suzanne McDonald’s op-ed in the Holland Sentinel here), Holland Weekly would like to share a voter’s guide for this coming Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Simply put, vote Democrat.

Partisan Section

State
Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Vote for not more than 1
Gretchen Whitmer
Garlin D. Gilchrist II
Democratic

Secretary of State
Vote for not more than 1
Jocelyn Benson
Democratic

Attorney General
Vote for not more than 1
Dana Nessel
Democratic

Congressional
United States Senator
Vote for not more than 1
Debbie Stabenow
Democratic

Representative in Congress
2nd District
Vote for not more than 1
Rob Davidson
Democratic

Legislative
State Senator
30th District
Vote for not more than 1
Jeanette Schipper
Democratic

Representative in State Legislature
90th District
Vote for not more than 1
Christopher Banks
Democratic

State Boards
Member of the State Board of Education
Vote for not more than 2
Judith P. Pritchett
Democratic
Tiffany Tilley
Democratic

Regent of the University of Michigan
Vote for not more than 2
Jordan Acker
Democratic
Paul Brown
Democratic

State Boards
Trustee of Michigan State University
Vote for not more than 2
Brianna T. Scott
Democratic
Kelly Charron Tebay
Democratic

Governor of Wayne State University
Vote for not more than 2
Bryan C. Barnhill
Democratic
Anil Kumar
Democratic

County
County Commissioner 3rd District
Vote for not more than 1
Doug Zylstra
Democratic

Nonpartisan Section

Judicial
Justice of Supreme Court
Vote for not more than 2
Samuel Bagenstos
Megan Kathleen Cavanagh

The candidates in the remaining Judicial and all Local School District races are uncontested.

Proposal Section

State
State of Michigan
Proposal 18-1
YES
Legalize marijuana. It is important to note that cities will still be able to decide for themselves whether to welcome marijuana businesses (such as dispensaries) or not. From Ballotpedia: “Proposal 1 would make Michigan the first state in the Midwest to legalize the possession and use of recreational marijuana for adults (age 21 years or older). Individuals would be permitted to grow up to 12 marijuana plants in their residences. The measure would create an excise sales tax of 10 percent, which would be levied on marijuana sales at retailers and microbusinesses. Revenue from the tax would be allocated to local governments, K-12 education, and road and bridge maintenance. Proposal 1 would also legalize the cultivation, processing, distribution, and sale of industrial hemp. Municipalities would be allowed to ban or limit marijuana establishments within their boundaries.”

Proposal 18-2
YES
Proposition 2 has received quite a bit of attention. Voting YES is a move toward the elimination and prevention of gerrymandering. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, “Gerrymandering in U.S. politics means drawing the boundaries of electoral districts in a way that gives one party an unfair advantage over its rivals”. Let’s make it fair. Vote YES.

Proposal 18-3
YES
Proposition 3 makes voter registration more accessible. Michigan has stricter voter registration laws than other states:
https://www.nonprofitvote.org/voting-in-your-state/voter-registration-deadlines/. Michigan requires a resident to register to vote in person or via snail mail a full 30 days prior to the election. We are as bad as Texas. You heard me. Vote YES on Prop 3.

On county tax and millage proposals Holland Weekly has no comment.

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General information

Dónde votar:

El mapa: https://www.cityofholland.com/sites/default/files/fileattachments/ward-precinct_map_rev_6.2014_1.pdf

¿Preguntas? City Clerk’s Office: (616) 355-1301, clerk@cityofholland.com.

For Ottawa County residents, you can check https://www.miottawa.org/ElectionManagement/publicVoters.action for information on how to Find My Polling Place, List of Candidates and Proposals. You can also view your ballot here: https://www.miottawa.org/ElectionManagement/publicPoll.action?electionEle=0#Holland%20(City).

Here is what the ballot looks like for the 15th precinct in the city of Holland: https://www.miottawa.org/appImages/ElectionManagement/ballotFile-140.pdf. Not a bad idea to take a gander before entering the voting booth, ask questions, that sort of thing.

Allegan County residents can check SOS’s Michigan Voter Information Center here: https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/MVIC/votersearch.aspx.

What to do if you are not permitted to vote at your polling place: https://www-m.cnn.com/2018/11/01/politics/midterm-election-voting-rights-trnd/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F.

Just a reminder, you do not need to show photo ID to vote in Michigan. When at your polling place, you can sign an affidavit that you are not showing photo ID (though the official wording is more like “I am not in possession of picture ID.”). Then you vote. And I hope you do.