Friday, November 9, 2012
Less voters were at the polls Tuesday, but Dexter residents gave President Obama a second term in Washington D.C.
Tuesday's elections were a major success for the Democratic party both locally and nationally. Unofficial election results show 64.5 percent of Washtenaw County's 280,548 registered voters cast ballots in the election. That means 181,032 people voted. According to Ann Arbor.com, this year's voter turnout countywide was 57,360 more than the number of people who voted in the 2010 gubernatorial election, but it's about 7,178 less than the 2008 presidential election. In Dexter, similiar to 2008, voters went the way of the nation and voted to give President Obama a second term in the White House. Here's how the numbers break down locally for residents in the Village of Dexter and Dexter Township. These numbers reflect Dexter Township Pecincts 1…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Gretchen Driskell plans to keep campaign promise and restore education funding.
Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell is now the newly elected state representative for Michigan's 52nd District. With 124 of the 169 precincts counted, Driskell had 17,460 votes and Mark Ouimet had 17,207, according to unofficial results from Washtenaw County. Driskell ran against incumbent Republican Ouimet of Scio Township. Driskell, who has been Saline mayor since 1999, was critical of the Republicans' cuts to revenue sharing payments to municipalities since announcing her campaign in March. "I don't want to cut any more revenues," she said. She said she plans to have a more detailed plan by January but she said her focus will be restoring education funding, a major platform of her campaign. "What really resonated when I went door to door …
Take a look at the Dexter ballot and find your polling precinct before you go to the polls. Follow voting in the community all day here, and check back here after the polls close for results.
The results of the 2012 general election in Dexter are slowly trickling in. Here is a look at some of the unofficial race results as of 5 a.m. on Wednesday. Patch will update this chart as more information becomes available. LIVE 2012 DEXTER ELECTION RESULTS Results as of 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7. These numbers exclude Webster Township Precinct 3 results. Connect with Dexter Patch on Facebook and Twitter. For results on the Washtenaw County elections, click here. For results on the statewide elections in Michigan, click here.
Dexter Township resident Bill Lowery, 91, volunteered his time at the polls on Election Day.
For the 18th time in his life, Bill Lowery of Dexter Township cast his ballot for U.S. president on Tuesday. "I haven't missed an election since I've been able to vote," he said. Lowery, 91, a World War II veteran, said this year's election is particularly important due to all the local, state, and national candidates running for office. "The divisiveness between the Democrats and Republicans has gotten out of hand," he said. "Neither one of the candidates wants to come to the middle and unite our country." For that reason, Lowery offered to volunteer at his local polling station on Tuesday to help encourage residents to vote. "I think that everyone should come out to vote, especially given the state of our current economy," he said. His …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Exit polls show voters backing Barack Obama; national media give the state's 16 electoral votes to the president.
The polls have not been closed long, but based on exit polls results several media organizations have declared President Barack Obama the winner of Michigan's 16 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican and native son Mitt Romney. NBC, NPR, CNN, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post all have declared Obama the winner. Media outlets also have called the overall race for Obama. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and in recent elections has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Michigan. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. The economy was a key …
Share your thoughts on the 2012 Presidential Election with your neighbors on Patch.
The debates are finished, and the final political commercial has aired. Now it's time for voters to enter their polling precincts Nov. 6 to decide the winners of dozens of federal, state and local races. After you cast your vote today, share with your friends and neighbors on Patch what or who inspires you.
Michigan's voting goes until 8 p.m., but some polls elsewhere close earlier.
Michigan voters have until 8 p.m. Eastern to cast their Election 2012 ballots, but voting in other key swing states ends as much as an hour earlier, and exit polling could provide an early clue whether President Obama or Mitt Romney is closer to the White House. The earliest key state to watch is Virginia, where polls close at 7 p.m. Eastern. Voting ends 30 minutes later in the swing states of Ohio and North Carolina. As Michigan's polls close, the swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire close their polls, too. Nevada and Iowa, two other swing states that could prove pivotal in this year's presidential election, close voting at 10 p.m. Eastern. Check here as Patch updates Election 2012 results as they come in.
Polling stations across the Dexter say high turnout is expected throughout the day.
Editor's note: This story will be updated throughout the day on Election Day. Lines of voters snaked out the door at polling locations across the Dexter area on Tuesday morning. As of 7:30 a.m., the parking lot at the Dexter Senior Center was full to capacity, forcing residents to park on the side streets before voting. Resident Kassandra Harrington said standing outside in the cold weather for more than 20 minutes was worth the wait. "Having a voice in the decisions that affect our communities is important," she said. "I think there is a lot of needed change both at the local level and at the state and federal level." Chris Gordon, a candidate for the Dexter Community Schools Board of Education, was on hand to greet voters. "It's been …
Martinez-Kratz and Ping earn commission seats.
9:00 AM: The 2012 election was a big win for Democrats in Washtenaw County. In many county races, they won by more than a 2-1 ratio over their rivals. Winners included Brian Mackie for Prosecuting Attorney, Jerry Clayton for Sheriff, Lawrence Kestenbaum for Clerk, Catherine McClary for Treasurer, Evan Pratt for Water Resources Commissioner and Kent Martinez-Kratz for 1st District Commissioner. The 1st District race was the only close contest. Third District Commissioner Alicia Ping was the lone Republican to win a county race, easily defeating challenger Wesley Prater. Voters also selected Timothy Connors and Carol Kuhnke for Circuit Court Judge positions. Also, incumbents Diana McKnight Morton and Richard Landau won reelection to the …
Monday, November 5, 2012
On Nov. 6, Dexter voters will face yes or no vote on six statewide proposals, ranging from a new bridge to Canada to the emergency manager law.
Michigan voters will have to make many decisions in the November election, including yes or no votes on six state proposals on issues that range from a new bridge to Canada to collective bargaining. Here are the six state proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot in Michigan. Want more election news this November? Click here to sign up for the Dexter Patch newsletter! For more information on the state ballot proposals, go to Vote411.org and to Ballotpedia. How would you vote on these proposals?