The Eclectablog Michigan Statewide Voters Guide

It’s a complicated ballot this year. Here’s some help!

The 2012 ballot in Michigan is a complicated one, particularly the non-partisan section where we will vote for the Supreme Court seats and the various statewide ballot proposals. In order to help you sort through this part of the ballot, we have put together a Voters Guide. You can download it HERE (pdf). We’ve put two on each page so you can have an extra one for yourself or to give away to friends, family and coworkers.

Obviously, I am recommending that you vote a straight Democratic Party ticket. We have been assured by our County Clerk that you can fill in the spot for your favorite Democrat (like President Obama, for example) and still fill in the straight party spot without spoiling your ballot.

Aside from that, here are the Eclectablog choices for the statewide non-partisan candidates and ballot proposals:



For the partial Michigan Supreme Court seat: Shelia Johnson. You can read my interview with this excellent candidate HERE.

For the two open full-term seats on the Michigan Supreme Court: Bridget Mary McCormack and Connie Marie Kelley. I have also interviewed these two fine candidates. The one with Professor McCormack is HERE and the one with Judge Kelley is HERE.

On Proposal 1, to repeal the odious and anti-democratic Emergency Manager Law — Public Act 4 – VOTE NO! My post about Prop 1 is HERE.

On Proposal 2, to protect collective bargaining rights for Michigan workers and protect working families – VOTE YES! My post about Prop 2 is HERE.

On Proposal 3, to require that 25% of Michigan’s energy come from renewable source by 2025 – VOTE YES! My post about Prop 3 is HERE.

On Proposal 4, to protect home health care patients and their caregivers – VOTE YES! My post about Prop 4 is HERE.

On Proposal 5, to prevent anti-tax zealots from strangling our state budget with a ridiculous requirement of 2/3 majority vote in both houses of the state legislature, giving enormous power to a small handful of lawmakers and special interest lobbyists – VOTE NO! My post about Prop 5 is HERE.

On Proposal 6, to stop a give-away to billionaire bridge owner Matty Moroun – VOTE NO! My post about Prop 6 is HERE.

If you’d like to read the interviews that I did with various candidates over the past few weeks, please click the “Interviews” tab at the top of the page. I had hoped to do further interviews with a variety of other candidates but time is running short and my commitments to the OFA Get Out the Vote (GOTV) effort preclude this. I do apologize to those who I had approached, I just don’t have the time between now and Election Day. Needless to say, voting a straight Democratic Party ticket will take care of voting for these fine candidates.

Please print out our Voters Guide and take it with you to the polls. In fact, print out several and share with others. In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up for a shift (several!) with OFA. Contact your local OFA office TODAY and get involved. If you don’t know how to reach them, try contacting your local county Democratic Party. Or, click HERE and sign up to volunteer.

Alternatively, you can also just “walk in” at OFA offices across the county. If you need to know where the one nearest you is, click HERE. Simply enter your zip code and, viola!, you’ll get the information that you need!

Please don’t wait. Our future is at stake.

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  • Hobbes83

    Hey Chris, just a tip for the next time you do something like this; please post this earlier in the cycle so that those who are outside of Michigan who cast absentee ballots can wrap our heads around the initiatives and candidates. My wife and I made the right choices, but its hard to keep up with Michigan politics with everything going on. Thanks.

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      This is great advice. I’ve learned a lot this year. One is to start my interviewing much earlier and this advice of yours is even more critical. Thanks so much for the feedback.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lounovak Lou Novak

    Great job on explaining the proposals and our positions. Sharing widely.

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      Thank you so much. I really appreciate it.

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  • http://twitter.com/toofmullets HandsLikeEscalators

    Thank you. I was already in line with your guide for the most part, but I’m really not sure about Prop 6.

  • wbliss

    As a conservative who believes in freedom and not socialism with total government control of your life and no freedom. Your blog tells me what not to vote for. Thanks.

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      Just goes to show you how feeble and lame the conservative blogosphere is that people like you are reduced to coming to a legitimate liberal website to be taught how to vote.
      I’ll call that a victory.

  • Gregor Samsa

    This is great! I printed this and will give it to my two children today. One of them is voting in his first election.

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