Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast | News
LANSING, Mich.-- Fewer voters cast their ballots Tuesday than when Governor Rick Snyder was elected.
That's according to Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office. Woodhams says 1.3 million Michiganders visited the polls during the primary, accounting for approximately 20.3 percent of active voters. Active voters are defined by the Secretary of State as people who have voted within the last six years. Woodhams says approximately 17.9 percent of registered Michigan voters cast a ballot Tuesday, but that number may be skewed because people who have moved out of the state may still be registered to vote in Michigan.
Woodhams says voter turnout was down from 2010 but higher than 2006. In West Michigan, turnout among active voters was highest in Kent and Ottawa counties, at 21.5 percent and 21.3 percent respectively. Active voter turnout was lowest in the counties of Muskegon (14.7 percent), Allegan (14.8 percent) and Kalamazoo (16.4 percent). Approximately 20.8 percent of active voters cast a ballot in Mecosta County; in Montcalm County it was 16.9 percent, followed by Newaygo County (18.1 percent) and Ionia County (17.3 percent).
Tuesday's primary election included a couple of close calls in My Town communities. The Ionia County Road Millage was defeated by just 56 votes. In Grand Haven Township, the Fire and Rescue Millage passed by just 64 votes. The Montague Area Schools Operating Millage Proposal was also approved, by a mere 33-vote margin.
The Georgetown Township Capital Improvement Bond proposal was one of the few issues to be killed by voters, 6,449 to 4,074 votes.
Proposal 1 , which would alter Michigan’s tax infrastructure by eliminating equipment taxes for businesses that already pay taxes every year, was overwhelmingly approved statewide. Under the measure, a portion of sales tax revenue that goes to the state treasury will be reallocated to local governments to cover the tax revenue loss. Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the changes will make Michigan more economically competitive with other states.
Congressman Justin Amash also fended off Republican contender Brian Ellis.