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Primary day in Michigan

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KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Today is primary day in Michigan, and unlike any Michigan midterm primary in history, there will be no candidates in the governor or U.S. Senate race on the ballot.

That is one reason why a low turnout is expected.

WMU Political Science professor John Clark says it gives voters a little less choice but democracy will survive.

He says that's because November is the vote that counts, and there will be competitive races for the most part on that ballot.

The parties and the candidates want to avoid primaries to keep party members from battering each other and their campaign war chests before the main event in November.

Some say it could be the lowest turnout for a midterm primary in Michigan ever.

Choosing among candidates won’t be the only choices to be made at the polling place today.

Voters in various local districts will decide some millage questions.

The biggest in the county may be the 14-million dollar bond issue in Schoolcraft to build a new middle school next to the high school.

Voters in Climax will decide a fire department funding issue, and in Charleston township, a proposal to turn Galesburg’s library into one the whole township can use.

Parchment school voters have to renew the 18-mill assessment on non residential properties.

The one issue everyone in Michigan who votes will get a voice in today is Proposition One.

Eliminating the Personal Property tax has no organized opposition, its supported by almost everyone and may still lose.

WMU Professor John Clark says voters reject what they don’t understand, and this is a very complex proposal with ballot language that only makes it more confusing.

He suggests doing a little homework before voting on this one.

Kalmazoo County Clerk tim snow is trying to be optimistic hoping that people will turn out and vote in today’s primary, but he admits the number of absentee ballot requests have been underwhelming.

He says bring I.D. to the polls and be prepared to vote either as a democrat or a republican, but not both.

He says all voters will get a crack at the ballot issues.

 

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