Michigan lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010
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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.
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.
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|
|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.
|2010 Michigan lieutenant gubernatorial general election|
|Democratic Party||Brenda Lawrence||39.90%|
|Republican Party||Brian Calley||58.11%|
|Green Party||Lynn Meadows||0.64%|
|Libertarian Party||Erwin J. Haas||0.69%|
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.
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. Democrats convened for two days on the 28th and 29th of August.
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.
- America's Independent Party: (unknown)
- Constitution Party of Michigan: (unknown)
- Green Party of Michigan: July 31, 2010
- Natural Law Party of Michigan: (unknown)
- Reform Party of Michigan: (unknown)
- Michigan Right to Life]: September 25, 2010
- 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).
- U.S. Taxpayers' Party - Michigan Affiliate: August 28, 2010
- Brenda Lawrence, the Mayor of Southfield, won the nomination at the late August party convention, making the Democratic ticket a team of mayors
- State Representative Brian Calley was nominated at the state convention.
- 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.
- Lynn Meadows for Lt. Governor with Harley G. Mikkelson for Governor
Right to Life
- (pending as of state convention)
- (none named at convention)
- Michigan Department of State: Elections in Michigan
- Rasmussen Reports, Election 2010: Michigan Governor
- Real Clear Politics, 2010 Michigan Governor Race
- FiveThirtyEight Michigan
- Pollster, Michigan 2010 Governor's Race: Articles and Analysis
- CQ Politics Michigan Governor' Race
- The Green Papers, "2010 Gubernatorial Primaries at a Glance"
- Michigan Department of State, "2010 Registration Deadlines and Election Dates", accessed July 6, 2010
- Michigan Department of State "Election Hour", accessed July 6, 2010
- Michigan Department of State, “2010 Official General Candidate Listing”, official as of September 14, 2010
- Michigan Department of State, "General Election Results: OFFICIAL", November 19, 2010 at 15:10, accessed November 30, 2010
- Michigan Legislature, "Act 116 of 1954", accessed September 1, 2010
- Michigan Republican Party, "State Convention"
- Michigan Democratic Party, "2010 Nominating Convention"
- Socialist Party of Michigan, "SOCIALIST PARTY FILES LEGAL CHALLENGE TO MICHIGAN BALLOT ACCESS RULES; CERTIFIES 2010 CANDIDATE NOMINATIONS TO STATE BUREAU OF ELECTIONS", July 28, 2010
- MLive.com, "Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence says she'll fix Michigan's 'mess'", August 28, 2010
- Republican Michigander, "The Michigan Republican Convention - 8-28-2010", August 29, 2010
- WoodTV.com - Grand Rapids, ""Roll call" chants echo GOP convention", August 29, 2010
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