Michigan lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010

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The Michigan lieutenant gubernatorial election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010 following a primary election on August 3, 2010.[1]

Both major parties use a convention vote to nominate candidates for lt. governor. Over the final weekend in August, the Republicans chose Brian Calley, a state Representative, and the Democrats opted for Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence. Sharing a ticket with Rick Snyder, Calley won the November election; he took office in January 2011.

The deadline for submission of nominating signatures to qualify for the primary ballot was May 11, 2010. All of the candidates seeking the governor's office in 2010 choose to use the signature gathering method to file their nominations, rather than pay a fee.

Voter registration deadlines were July 6, 2010 and October 4 2010 for the primary and general elections, respectively.[2]

Polls opened at 7:00 am and closed at 8:00 pm local time on all election days. Because Michigan is in two time zones, the western counties of Gogebic, Iron, Dickinson, and Minominne open and closed on CST hours. Michigan's Department of State provided a county map for voters to determine their polling hours.[3]

Michigan is one of 20 states where the candidates for governor and lt. governor share a ticket in the general election.


The November Ballot – Who Made It? Michigan Lieutenant Governor[4]
Nominee Affiliation
Brenda Lawrence Democrat
Brian Calley Republican
Lynn Meadows Green
Erwin J. Haas Libertarian
Chris Levels U.S. Taxpayers
This lists candidates who won their state's primary or convention, or who were unopposed, and who were officially certified for the November ballot by their state's election authority.

November 2, 2010 general election results

Results were certified as of November 19, 2010, ahead of the expected November 22, 2010 certification.[5]

2010 Michigan lieutenant gubernatorial general election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Brenda Lawrence 39.90%
     Republican Party Approveda Brian Calley 58.11%
     Green Party Lynn Meadows 0.64%
     Libertarian Party Erwin J. Haas 0.69%
     Taxpayers Chris Levels 0.65%
     Other write-ins >0.01%
Total Votes 3,226,088

Candidates

In Michigan, candidates for lt. governor are nominated at their party's convention in the fall, after the gubernatorial candidates have been selected by the voters at large in the primary election, under Michigan Election Law, Act 116 of 1954, Section 168.72.[6]

The Democratic and Republican parties held primaries on August 3, 2010, in which voters chose, respectively, Virg Bernero and Rick Snyder. Republicans met to choose a candidate for lt. governor on August 28, 2010.[7] Democrats convened for two days on the 28th and 29th of August.[8]

All third parties in Michigan, including the Green, Natural Law, Constitution, and U.S. Taxpayers, skip primary elections entirely and nominate all their candidates at convention. Known dates for nominating conventions of third parties in Michigan were as follows.

  • Socialist Party of Michigan: July 21, 2010
    • The Socialist Party of Michigan, which certified seven candidates at its July convention, sued Michigan's Secretary of State for a named ballot line for its nominees in Socialist Party of Michigan, et al. v. Land (#10-867-CZ).[9]

Democrat

  • Brenda Lawrence, the Mayor of Southfield, won the nomination at the late August party convention, making the Democratic ticket a team of mayors[10]

Republican

  • State Representative Brian Calley was nominated at the state convention.[11]
  • Tea-Party backed candidate Bill Cooper, a businessman, also ran and there was some disruption at the convention over the final vote and over convention balloting rules.[12]

Green

  • Lynn Meadows for Lt. Governor with Harley G. Mikkelson for Governor

Right to Life

  • (pending as of state convention)

Socialist

  • (none named at convention)

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