ELECTION DAY IN LANSING: What to expect on the ballot

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Voters will head to the polls Tuesday, for the November 3rd general election.

Here in Lansing, voters will have to make some decisions on who they want representing them on the Lansing City Council.

Monday was the last day for voters to get an absentee ballot. But– if you plan to head out to the polls Tuesday, Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope says there shouldn’t be any long lines, as voter turnout is expected to be low.

“Tomorrow the polls are open from 7 in the morning until 8 o’clock at night,” Swope said. “So there’s plenty of time to vote.”

But before you hit the polls in Lansing, here’s what you can expect to see on the ballot.

There are two open at-large seats.

Incumbent Carol Wood is hoping to keep her spot, while former council-person Harold Leeman and challengers Emily Dievendorf and Patricia Spitzley are hoping to take it.

The race for the Third Ward however has Incumbent A’Lynne Boles facing challenger Adam Hussain.

Voters will also see a proposal on the ballot that would amend the city charter.

“And it would limit the employment contracts for at-will employees to a one-year term,” Swope said. “And that was kind of in reaction to what happened to the executive director for the Board of Water and Light.”

Swope said the city has issued 5,400 absentee ballots, about 1,000 of those still needs to be turned in.

For this general election, the city is expecting about 15 percent of voter turnout, which he says is low.

“In the four year election cycle, again this is the year with no governor, no mayor, no president,” he said. “So this is the lowest we’ll see in the four year cycle.”

“I believe it’s important to vote, for the people that you like and for the ones you want out of office,” Lansing resident Roger Pope said.

Pope says he’s been voting for as long as he was old enough to. He believes there should be more issues on the ballot to bring voters out to the polls.

“I only voted for two things.. At-large and the proposition,” Pope said. “They need to have more on the ballot at one time.”

In other cities around mid-Michigan, Joseph Daly, Tim Lewis, Yvonne Ridge, and Zachary Story are all running to be mayor of Charlotte.

The current mayors of Grand Ledge and Olivet are running uncontested.

Tune in to 6 News at 11 p.m. on Tuesday for a full election re-cap, we’ll also have the results online as they come in.

 

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