2018-10-25 / Community

Voter registrations up recently in county

By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com

HURON COUNTY - About 15,000 Huron County voters turned out for the 2016 election - but there are about 25,000 potential ‘Yeas’ or ‘Nays’ in the tip of the Thumb (60%) - meaning: for every three casting ballots, another two didn’t - or about 40%. It’s Mid-Term Election time and Michigan also has three proposals on the slate.

The second and third quarters of 2018 have seen an uptick in local voter registration, with 424 applying; in 2017, the county saw 593 registrations (1st qtr- 138; 2nd qtr-180; 3rd qtr-96; and 4th qtr-179. In the first three quarters of 2018, there were 557 registrations (1st qtr-133; 2nd qtr-228; 3rd qtr-196; 4th qtr-not available), according to Rebecca Finkbeiner, Chief Deputy Clerk/ Elections.

Plus, ballot proposals ask voters whether to: (1) authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products and commercial sales; (2) establish a citizen commission to adopt district boundaries; and (3) authorize automatic and election day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, straight-ticket voting, military and oversees voting and post-election audits.

The main Michigan contests this year see Gretchen Whitmer (D) versus Bill Schuette (R) for Governor; Jocelyn Benson (D) against Mary Treder Lang (R) for Secretary of State; Dana Nesse (D) versus Tom Leonard (R) for Attorney General; Debbie Stabenow (D) against John James (R) for U.S. Senator; Kimberly Bizon (D) versus Paul Mitchell (R) for 10th District Representative in Congress; Debbie Bourgois (D) against Dan Lauwers (R) for 25th District State Senator; and William Shoop (D) versus Phil Green (R) for 84th District State Representative.

According to the Michigan Secretary of State Office, Huron County has 25,010 voters of 7,459,656 in the state (Source: https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/mvic/CountByCounty.aspx). Also, according to the State of Michigan, other totals are given for Huron County: Active Registered Voters 21,173 and All Registered Voters 24,865 (Source: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/2017RegVoters_552716_7.pdf).

For perspective, 2016 Huron County unofficial vote results included Donald Trump/Michael Pence (R) 10,269 - Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine (D) 4,579, for a total of 14,848 for the two major parties. In the 10th District Representative in Congress, it was Paul Mitchell (R) 10,905 - Frank Accavitti Jr. (D) 3,698 for a total of 14,603. Also, in the 84th District State Representative contest, results were Edward Canfield (R) 10,197 - James Wencel (D) 5,266, with a total of 15,463 votes.

In 2016, Democrat Jim Wencel got the largest number and percent in three main races, in outcomes which favored the GOP: Trump 69% - Clinton 31%; Mitchell 75% - Accavitti 25%; and Canfield 66% - Wencel 34%. In the 84th District state rep race, Democrat Wencel earned 1 vote to the GOP’s 2.

For the slate of candidates and ballots, see next week’s Huron County VIEW - and results the following edition.

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