Michigan elections, 2012
|1 2012 Elections|
|2 Eligibility to Vote|
|2.1 Primary election|
|2.2 General election|
|3 Voting absentee|
|3.3 Military and overseas voting|
|4 Voting early|
|5 See also|
The state of Michigan held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:
- Signature filing deadline: May 15, 2012 (Candidates); May 30, 2012 (CISS); & July 9 (CICA)
- Primary date: August 7, 2012
- General election date: November 6, 2012
|On the 2012 ballot|| Click here for all |
November 6, 2012
|U.S. Senate (1 seat)||Preview Article|
|U.S. House (14 seats)|
|State Senate||Preview Article|
|State House (110 seats)|
|Ballot measures (6 measures)||Preview Article|
For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page
Elections by type
|U.S. Senate, Michigan General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Debbie Stabenow Incumbent||58.8%||2,735,826|
|Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|Members of the U.S. House from Michigan -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
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|
- See also: Michigan 2012 ballot measures
|VR||Proposal 1||Admin of Gov't||Expands powers for emergency managers (EMs) and ability of Governor to appoint EMs.|
|Proposal 2||Labor||Makes collective bargaining a right for public and private workers.|
|Proposal 3||Energy||Mandates that 25% of the state's electricity come from renewable sources by 2025.|
|Proposal 4||Labor||Puts give home health care providers limited collective bargaining rights.|
|Proposal 5||Taxes||Requires increase in state taxes to be approved by 2/3 majority in Legislature or statewide vote.|
|Proposal 6||Transportation||Requires voters to approve any new bridge or tunnel from the state to Canada.|
For the state of Michigan, below is a glimpse of some of the local measures that appeared or were scheduled to appear on ballots in 2012.
- Caro Community School District Tax Levy Proposal (November 2012)
- Akron Fairgrove School District Tax Levy Proposal (November 2012)
- Corunna Public School District Operating Tax Levy Proposal (November 2012)
- Owosso Public School District Tax Levy Proposal (November 2012)
- Manistique School District Operating Tax Levy Renewal Proposal (November 2012)
- Schoolcraft County MSU Tax Levy Increase Proposal (November 2012)
- Croswell Lexington School Proposal (November 2012)
- Sandusky School Proposal (November 2012)
- Port Sanilac Village Proposal (November 2012)
- Vanderbilt-Corwith Township Fire Tax Levy Proposal (November 2012)
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. 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."
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.”
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.
Eligibility to Vote
- 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. (Information about registering to vote)
- 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.
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.
- Voter ID info
- Residency requirements: Resident of Michigan and the city or township
- Same-day registration: None
- 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:
- 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.
Military and overseas voting
For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
- See also: Early voting
Michigan is one of seven states that does not have any form of early voting.
- Detroit News, "Vote on recall polarizes Troy," October 19, 2012 (dead link)
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- CBS Detroit, "Troy Mayor: ‘Homosexual Lifestyle Is Dangerous’," June 13, 2012
- The Alpena News, "Enough signatures for recall to be placed on November ballot," August 2, 2012
- Michigan Secretary of State, "2012 Registration Deadlines and Election Dates" accessed April 22, 2012
- Michigan Secretary of State, "Registration Deadlines and Dates" accessed May 7, 2012
- Michigan Secretary of State, "Frequently Asked Question" accessed May 7, 2012 (dead link)
- Michigan Department of State Website, "What You Need to Know about Absentee Voting," accessed December 19, 2013
- Michigan Department of State Website, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed December 19, 2013