WISD Special Election Tuesday, May 3

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The Washtenaw Intermediate School District Special Election to renew the Special Education Millage is coming up and all City Polling Places will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on May 3, 2011 for this citywide election. There are a couple of polling locations construction issues to be aware of:

Voters at the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch (Precinct 5-1) should be aware of construction activities currently restricting traffic on Fifth Avenue. The library/polling place remains open however, so please plan your route accordingly.

In addition, the Second Baptist Church (Precinct 5-3) is under construction. The parking lot at the main entrance of the Church located at 850 Red Oak Road and Wendy is not accessible. Voters need to enter the site using the rear driveway near Red Oak and Hermania.

Not sure if you're registered to vote and your exact polling location? Visit the Michigan Votes website. Don't forget to bring your voter ID to the polls.

Mid-Term Election Results

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The Washtenaw County Clerk's Office and CTN Channel 19 will have official results for the Tuesday, Nov. 2 elections starting at 10 p.m. You can find further coverage of state and local results at Michigan Radio once the polls close at 8 p.m. NPR and CNN will have live online coverage throughout the night.

Sample Ballot? It's Easy as 1-2-3

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Getting a sample ballot for your specific voting precinct couldn't be easier. Just go to the Michigan Voter Information Center, the official website of the Michigan Board of Elections, enter your voter info, then click on "View My Sample Ballot" on the next page and Shazam! You'll have a sample ballot to view online or print. Remember to enter your name exactly as it appears on your voter registration card. Need more assistance? The Ann Arbor City Clerk has a great web page with plenty of contact information for voters. The Library has League of Women Voters of Michigan Voter Guides available at all branches.

New Election Polls Out this Week

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Public Policy Polling will release new Michigan election polls at this Thursday's, Sept. 23, appearance at the Pittsfield Branch by nationally-acclaimed pollster Tom Jensen. PPP conducted polls on the race for Governor, SOS, AG, State Legislature, U.S. House and favorability ratings for federal and state elected officials. Jensen got his start right here in Ann Arbor and brings a wealth of knowledge of local and state-level politics that political junkies will appreciate as much as Daily Kos.

Let the Debates Begin

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The November 2nd mid-term elections are fast-approaching and the League of Women Voters will be hosting a series of debates that will be aired on CTN Channel 19. You can join the live television audience at the CTN Studios and pose questions for the candidates. Here's the schedule for the debates:

Monday, September 27
7-7:30PM-Mayor
8-8:45PM-City Council, Wards 2,5
9-10PM-County Commission, Districts 8,9,11

Tuesday, September 28
8-8:30PM-State Rep. District 53 (empty chair policy in effect)
9-10PM-Library Board

Wednesday, September 29
7-7:30PM-WCC Trustees

Wednesday, October 6
7-7:30PM-State Senate, District 18

Polling Place Changes for Aug. 3 Primary Election

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The primary election Tuesday, Aug. 3 will include candidates for mayor, city council, county commissioners and state and federal elected officials. City of Ann Arbor polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Several polling location changes are in place for the August 3rd primary so be sure to check the list for your polling location. And remember to bring photo I.D. with you to vote.

Looking for a sample ballot? Not sure what your polling location is? Not sure if you're registered to vote? Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center, the State of Michigan online voter information center. The City Clerk is still accepting applications for absentee ballots and will be open on Saturday, July 31, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In-person requests for absentee ballots will be accepted at the City Clerk's Office, 2nd floor of City Hall, until 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2.

The Rivalry: Lincoln vs. Douglas

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 for the U.S. Senate seat in Illinois are among the most famous in U.S. history. In listening to Norman Corwin’s The Rivalry take a front row seat as challenger Abraham Lincoln and incumbent Senator Stephen A. Douglas debate some of the time’s most controversial topics including slavery and the American concept of freedom. Douglas’ young wife, Adele will be your guide from debate to debate providing a sense of who is gaining the upper hand in this fierce rivalry.

L.A. Theatre Works offers this recording directed by Academy Award-winner Eric Simonson. It stars David Strathairn as Abraham Lincoln and Paul Giamatti as Stephen A. Douglas.

Primary Election is Tuesday, August 4

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The City of Ann Arbor Primary Election for Wards 3 and 5 city council seats will be held on Tuesday, August 4. Only Polling Places in those wards will be open for voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call the City Clerk's Office at 734.794.6140 for questions on your Ward and polling locations or visit the My Property Information page to look up your polling location.

Live from CTN: City Council Primary Election Candidates Forum

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Tune in to CitiTV 19 on Wednesday, July 22, 7:45 p.m., for the Ann Arbor City Council Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area. Candidates for the 3rd and 5th ward council seats will answer questions from the League. You can submit forum questions online to the League. The primary will be held on Tuesday, August 4th. Please call the City Clerk at 734-794-6140 for more information or to check the status of your voter registration in the City.

Ann Arbor School Board Election Results

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I asked one of my colleagues yesterday whether she had voted. She said she did not vote in uncontested elections.

There were two incumbents, Glenn Nelson and Irene Patalan, running for the two four-year terms. They were both elected.

And there were two relative newcomers (Adam Hollier ran for school board in 2008 and Ravi Nigam ran for school board in 2002) running for the one two-year term. Adam Hollier had announced in April that he was withdrawing his candidacy. His announcement came well after the February 13th deadline for his name to be removed from the ballot. Two names on the ballot, only one active candidate. Does that make the election uncontested?

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