Michigan elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Michigan held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate (1 seat) Approveda Preview Article
U.S. House (14 seats) Approveda
State Executives Defeatedd N/A
State Senate Defeatedd Preview Article
State House (110 seats) Approveda
Ballot measures (6 measures) Approveda Preview Article

2012 Elections

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Elections by type

See also: United States Senate elections in Michigan, 2012
U.S. Senate, Michigan General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDebbie Stabenow Incumbent 58.8% 2,735,826
     Republican Pete Hoekstra 38% 1,767,386
     Libertarian Scotty Boman 1.8% 84,480
     Green Harley Mikkelson 0.6% 27,890
     UST Richard Matkin 0.6% 26,038
     NLP John Litle 0.2% 11,229
Total Votes 4,652,849
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan, 2012

Michigan lost a U.S. House seat from redistricting.

Members of the U.S. House from Michigan -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 6 5
     Republican Party 9 9
Total 15 14
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Gary McDowell
Republican Party Dan Benishek
Libertarian Party Emily Salvette
Green Party Ellis Boal (write-in)
Dan Benishek Republican Party Dan Benishek No
2nd Democratic Party Willie German, Jr. (write-in)
Republican Party Bill Huizenga
Libertarian Party Mary Buzuma
Green Party William Opalicky
Independent Ronald Graeser (UST)
Bill Huizenga Republican Party Bill Huizenga No
3rd Democratic Party Steve Pestka
Republican Party Justin Amash
Libertarian Party Bill Gelineau
Justin Amash Republican Party Justin Amash No
4th Democratic Party Debra Freidell Wirth
Republican Party Dave Camp
Libertarian Party John Gelineau
Green Party Pat Timmons
Independent George Zimmer (UST)
Dave Camp Republican Party Dave Camp No
5th Democratic Party Dan Kildee
Republican Party Jim Slezak
Libertarian Party Gregory Creswell
Independent David Davenport
Dale E. Kildee Democratic Party Dan Kildee No
6th Democratic Party Mike O'Brien
Republican Party Fred Upton
Libertarian Party Christie Gelineau
Independent Jason Gatties
Fred Upton Republican Party Fred Upton No
7th Democratic Party Kurt R. Haskell
Republican PartyTim Walberg
Libertarian Party Ken Proctor
Green Party Richard Wunsch
Tim Walberg Republican Party Tim Walberg No
8th Democratic Party Lance Enderle
Republican Party Mike Rogers
Libertarian Party Daniel Goebel
Independent Preston Brooks
Mike Rogers (Michigan) Republican Party Mike Rogers No
9th Democratic Party Sander Levin
Republican Party Don Volaric
Libertarian Party Jim Fulner
Green Party Julia Williams
Independent Les Townsend (UST)
Gary Peters Democratic Party Sander Levin No
10th Democratic Party Chuck Stadler
Republican Party Candice Miller
Libertarian Party Bhagwan Dashairya
Candice Miller Republican Party Candice Miller No
11th Democratic Party Syed Taj
Republican Party Kerry Bentivolio
Libertarian Party John Tatar
Green Party Steven Paul Duke
Independent Daniel Johnson (NLP)
Thaddeus McCotter Republican Party Kerry Bentivolio No
12th Democratic Party John D. Dingell
Republican Party Cynthia Kallgren
Libertarian Party Richard Secula
Sandy Levin Democratic Party John D. Dingell No
13th Democratic Party John Conyers, Jr.
Republican Party Harry T. Sawicki
Libertarian Party Chris Sharer
Independent Martin Gray (UST)
Hansen Clarke Democratic Party John Conyers, Jr. No
14th Democratic Party Gary Peters
Republican Party John Hauler
Libertarian Party Leonard Schwartz
Green Party Douglas Campbell
John Conyers, Jr. Democratic Party Gary Peters No
15th District Removed in Redistricting John D. Dingell, Jr. N/A N/A
See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintained partisan control in the state house.

Michigan House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 47 51
     Republican Party 63 59
Total 110 110
See also: Michigan 2012 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Proposal 1 Admin of Gov't Expands powers for emergency managers (EMs) and ability of Governor to appoint EMs. Defeatedd
CICA Proposal 2 Labor Makes collective bargaining a right for public and private workers. Defeatedd
CICA Proposal 3 Energy Mandates that 25% of the state's electricity come from renewable sources by 2025. Defeatedd
CICA Proposal 4 Labor Puts give home health care providers limited collective bargaining rights. Defeatedd
CICA Proposal 5 Taxes Requires increase in state taxes to be approved by 2/3 majority in Legislature or statewide vote. Defeatedd
CICA Proposal 6 Transportation Requires voters to approve any new bridge or tunnel from the state to Canada. Defeatedd
See also: Political recall efforts and Recall campaigns in Michigan


In Troy, embattled mayor Janice Daniels faced recall. Daniels, a Republican who became mayor in 2010, became a controversial figure. The recall effort against Daniels was mobilized after she made derogatory statements about homosexuality and voted against $8.5 million in federal funding for a transit center.[1] The official recall petition charged Daniels with "embarrassing the citizens of the City of Troy on January 9, 2012, by telling high school students planning an anti-bullying program that the homosexual lifestyle is dangerous."[2]

In a radio interview after she made the comments, Daniels said, "I would bring a doctor into a meeting that would say that the homosexual lifestyle is dangerous...Had I been with a group of smokers I might have said I would like to bring a doctor into this meeting to say that smoking is dangerous.”[3]


In Alpena, Michigan, the mayor and two members of the city council faced recall. Matt Wilogora, Mike Nunneley, and Dave Karschnick were targeted for recall after they voted to fire former City Manager Thad Taylor. Waligora served as mayor of Alpena, while Nunneley and Karschnick were members of the city council.[4]

Read more here about Michigan recall activity in 2012.

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Michigan was one of 16 states to use an open primary system. Voters were required to register at least 30 days before the election. In order to vote in the primary election, voters had to register by April 9, 2012.[5] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote was 28 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 9.[6]

Note: Some states had a voter registration deadline 30 days prior to the election but because this could have fallen on a weekend and Columbus Day was on Monday, October 8th, some extended the deadline to October 9, 2012.

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day for one of the following reasons:[8]

  • You are 60 years old or older.
  • You are unable to vote without assistance at the polls.
  • You are expecting to be out of town on Election Day.
  • You are in jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
  • You are unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons.
  • You are appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.


To vote absentee a request must be received by 2 p.m. on the Saturday before the election. The ballot must then be returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day.[8]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Michigan is one of 14 states that do not permit early voting.[9]

See also