Wake up and vote tomorrow

Tomorrow morning, assuming you’re registered to do so, you’ll be able to wake up and vote in Michigan. Primaries are being held for everything from Governor on down. From what I hear, most polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. If you don’t know where to vote, or if you’re registered, you can find out here. Assuming you are registered, and can find your polling place, you’ll be able to vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary. You cannot, however, split your ticket. In other words, you can’t vote for for both Rick Snyder (R) in primary for Governor, and Paul Schreiber (D) in the primary for Ypsi’s mayoral race.

As an aside, as I mentioned here before, I think this is going to have a big impact on local elections, especially here, in Rick Snyder’s backyard. (Rick, if you didn’t know, lives in Ann Arbor.) I suspect that a great many local Democrats will throw their weight behind Snyder, who appears to be leading the Republican race by a slight margin according to a new Detroit Free Press poll, as it’s an almost certainty that a Republican will win the race come November, and as the other candidates on that side of the ballot are so damned distasteful. And, I think that’s likely to change the results in local elections considerably. To be more specific, I think it’s going to hurt incumbent Democrats like Paul Schreiber in Ypsilanti and John Hieftje in Ann Arbor. While they unquestionably have a large number of supporters, I don’t get the sense that their folks are as riled up as the supporters of their respective challengers, Pete Murdock and Pat Lesko… Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see how things play out.

So, given all of that, how will you be voting tomorrow?

Here’s your last chance to plug your favorite candidates.

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  1. Posted August 2, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    You can see your ballot here, and more information on the candidates, from what I’m told, can be found here. The folks at AnnArbor.com also have a voter guide that you might find of use.

    See you at the polls.

  2. Lisa W
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    I’ll be voting Snyder tomorrow too. The governor’s races is more important than a mayor’s race between two idiots.

  3. T
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    I want to vote for Snyder tomorrow, for the reasons that you mention, but I’ll be voting for Schreiber in the democratic primary instead, as I appreciate his presence on City Council.

    Some folks might not know this, but Ypsi has a system with a relatively weak Mayor. He’s more of a glorified member of City Council. His vote doesn’t count any more that theirs. He gets to run meetings and set agendas, but that’s about it. I like having both Paul and Pete serving, and I want to keep it that way. If Paul wins, Pete stays on Council. If Pete wins the race for Mayor, though, Paul’s no longer serving. So, that’s why I decided.

    I’ll also be voting for Rebekah Warren and Mark Namatevs. (Ronnie Peterson has to go.)

  4. Peter Larson
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Vote for all right wing candidates.

  5. EOS
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    I was just wondering…. If I vote in the Dem Primary so that I can help choose local officials and you all vote in the Rep Primaries to help choose the governor, is it any wonder that we end up with such poor choices in the General election?

  6. Peter Larson
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Who cares? What’s your take on Bulb Records? We’re dying to know.

  7. Mike Shecket
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    I know it’s last minute, but could somebody give me a quick primer on Peterson vs. Namatevs? T, what did Peterson do that you didn’t like?

  8. Aardvark
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    I also think Peterson must go. My basis for this is a number of years ago, I emailed, and even wrote, Peterson about an issue I was trying to resolve. He never, ever, took the time to reply.

  9. applejack
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Snyder is appealing because he’s smart and also a political outsider, but then again Granholm was smart and an outsider too. Not to mention he’ll be hurt badly in the general by all the out-sourcing he did with Gateway jobs. As much as it might seem like a Republican year to win governor, I think Virg could go all the way. He can rally the huge democratic base here in Michigan the way that Dillon never can. A vote for Dillon is a vote for Cox. Also Virg is strongly pro-choice unlike every other candidate on the ballot.

    (full disclosure: he’s my uncle)

  10. Posted August 3, 2010 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Personally, I’d like to see Michigan move from the current open primary to a jungle primary. I think we’d get better results all around that way.

  11. EOS
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    I agree. A jungle primary would likely produce better results. If too many people crossed over to vote for a weak candidate for the other party, they would risk the chance that their party’s candidate might not even make the ballot in the general election. Plus – it’s a cool sounding name and an appropriate adjective for much of partisan politics today.

  12. Edward
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Peterson, first and foremost, isn’t an advocate for the city of Ypsilanti. Personally, I’ve watched him operate at a few meetings, and I don’t like what I saw. He doesn’t appear to stand for anything. With him, it’s all about reelection and power. And, among other things, he finds ways to sit out controversial votes.

  13. Mike Shecket
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Actually, I found another thing about Peterson…he’s accused of violating the civil rights of some of his tenants:


  14. Kim
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the link, Mike. This makes me feel better about my vote.

    I also found this comment interesting – “Peterson pled to a misdeameanor for falsifying the firefighter hiring list for Ypsilanti Township, as a civil service commissioner, in about 1984 or 1985. He helped move candidates up the hiring list who had failed or not taken the test. Good memory. Shame the voters don’t remember considering the legal costs that the Township incurred.”

    If this is true, how is it that this guy was elected in the first place?

  15. kjc
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Anyone know much about Ted Windish? I’m not voting till later. Think I’ve decided on every race but that one. It’s always bugged me that Brian Robb makes fun of citizens who contact him with concerns. I certainly wouldn’t want to… I also didn’t like the whole park maintenance thing. He was disturbingly cagey.

    But I know nothing about Windish.

  16. Lisa W
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Advance Ypsilanti said this about Windish.

    Sadly, while Windish is professional in some aspects he is not a viable option for voters. He is a lone wolf with no committee, no community support and no real grasp of the way the city operates. He ran 4 years ago and has shown no real improvement in these areas. (We apologize for incorrectly identifying Mr. Windish in our original posting.)

  17. kjc
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    thanks Lisa W. but then this about Robb!

    “Robb did not return our questionnaire. Robb’s’ unprofessional presentation at council is a constant reminder of how low standards can be. If Robb would just stop surfing the Internet and bother to look interested in the goings on during meetings, he would rise in our opinion considerably.”

    AYPAC endorses no one.

    I don’t mind a lone wolf necessarily. Will he make fun of me on his blog if I call with a concern? Hmmm.

  18. Randall
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    I voted earlier and Robb was out front in gym shorts, a t shirt, and grubby sneakers. I know this is local politics, but really, is that how an elected official dresses on election day? He reinforced my vote right then and there. Take is seriously or stay home.

  19. Ypsiosaurus Wrecks
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    I voted for Schrieber – I dislike him less than Murdock…

    Robb is a strange bird. I’ve been to a few council meetings where he does in fact seem disinterested in the goings on. His attitude has come across as negative and condescending – I don’t get it. Perhaps it’s his Neanderthal brow ridge that makes him seem so curmudgeonly…

  20. Iced Tea With Lemon
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    The only thing dirtier than Mr. Robb’s politics are his grubby sneakers, and the only thing more overpowering than his nasty, cocky demeanor is the smell eminating from the ball and ass region of his gym shorts. Please voters…I hope you mustered up enough votes to put this clown out in the cold, in nothing but that t-shirt.

  21. Robert
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Looks like Virg Bernero won the Democratic primary.

  22. Robert
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    It looks also like Hansen Clarke has defeated Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick in the 13th Congressional district.

  23. Robert
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Rick Snyder has won the Republican primary for governor.

  24. kjc
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t see the gym shorts.

    I opted for Windish. I think he was eating a hot dog when I went over but maybe I imagined that. He said he wouldn’t break promises, that much I remember. I had already voted for him. I just wanted to see what he was like. What he was like was distracted by what he was eating (which I can relate to).

    I just couldn’t vote for Robb. Something about the asshole you don’t know being preferable to the one you do.

  25. Posted August 4, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    For what it’s worth, I don’t appreciate catty comments about the way people dress and look. If that’s all you’ve got against someone, then I don’t want to hear it.

  26. Posted August 4, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    I believe those comments were addressing a bigger issue of the professionalism of said person. It’s all relative. If they said “I saw so and so wearing a blue shirt with a white belt and white shoes after Labor Day”, then you would have a point. But to say that a community leader showed up looking like a scrub, and then comparing that to his general attitude, and job performance is valid.

    Quit whining like a little bitch, or shut your PUBLIC blog down, and start a diary. Maybe you could write a special column just for your puppet.

    By the way, where is a post about the elections? Is that not important enough to get a headline, or do people just have to comb through comment sections, Lazy Bones…

  27. Posted August 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Jones, I’m sorry if the post entitled “Primary election results…” wasn’t clear enough for you. Here’s a link.

  28. Randall
    Posted August 4, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    For what it’s worth, it was me that made the observation and then comment on the clothing choice so let me explain. I think an elected official on election day, standing outside of a voting location, should be dressed in a somewhat professional manner. Hell, even Windish managed to throw on a polo for the occasion. I don’t think they should be wearing what I am wearing when I went to vote in-between mowing my front and back lawn. Thanks for assuming that “was all I had against someone” since you know me so well. I actually voted for Schreber because his socks matched his pants and Rebekah Warren has a nice skin tone. Oh wait, maybe I am said catty idiot since I read this blog…

  29. Independent Jones
    Posted August 5, 2010 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    Oh snap! No you di-un’t, Maynard! I guess I’m the jag-wagon in this instance. I was just giving you the business, by the way. I don’t really think you’re a bitch…but I do think you are a low down, dyed in the wool, puppet fucker.

  30. Peter Larson
    Posted August 5, 2010 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    And you, my friend, are a troll.

  31. notoneofthecoolkids
    Posted August 5, 2010 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    puppet fucker
    puppet fucker
    puppet fucker

    say it three times real fast and you can’t help but laugh

  32. Independent Jones
    Posted August 5, 2010 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Hey! I’m not your friend! I take offense to that!

  33. Robert
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Mark, I think you should have run the puppet for governor as a Tea Party candidate. I think he would have won.

  34. Iced Tea With Lemon
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    I can already see the attack adds. “Who REALLY pulls the strings of Puppet Mark?”… “He says he want to stop government hand outs, while he has a hand up…” etc., etc.

  35. Puppet Mark
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Please don’t talk of such things here. You have it all wrong. I can explain. Come over to the Dreamland Theater and let me buy you a few drinks. I will also let you ride around on my mechanical unicycle.

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