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August Primary

Winning more than 60 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary race for Ann Arbor City Council, Jen Eyer beat incumbent Jack Eaton and will face no opposition on the ballot in November.  She talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about what she hopes will happen when she joins several other new city council members early next year.


Washtenaw County commissioner Felicia Brabec won the primary election to be the Democratic candidate for the 55th state house seat in the November election.  She talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry about what she hopes to accomplish if she wins the race in November facing off against Republican Bob Baird.


Linh Song won the Democratic primary election for the Ann Arbor 2nd ward city council seat and faces no opposition on the November ballot.  She talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry about the election and says she is grateful for the opportunity to represent Ann Arbor.


Tuesday's primary election was different.  Legal no-reason absentee voting was going to change things on its own.  Add in a pandemic, and the changes become greater.  Washtenaw County director of elections Ed Golembiewski spoke with WEMU's David Fair about how smoothly the election went and how it informs what needs to happen for the November general election. 


Tuesday's primary election saw two countywide tax issues win voter approval.  One for road funding and  non-motorized paths, the other to help fund the Washtenaw County Soil Conservation District.  Both millages passed by about a 3-1 margin.  In a post-election edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair discussed the benefits and outcomes with Washtenaw County Commissioner Andy LaBarre. 


All five of the city council candidates endorsed by Mayor Christopher Taylor won on Tuesday night.  In the process, three incumbents are out after the November general election.  Mayor Taylor joined  WEMU's David Fair to discuss the races and moving the city forward with new faces around the council table. 


Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton will not face a Republican challenger in November after winning his Democratic primary race on Tuesday.  Sheriff Clayton joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the win and the forward-looking plans to address law enforcement and community relations. 


In a three-way, Democratic primary race, the incumbent Washtenaw County Clerk/Register of Deeds defeated his opponents by a wide margin.  Lawrence Kestenbaum now faces a Republican challenger in the general election.  Kestenbaum joined WEMU's David Fair to make his case for reelection. 


Washtenaw County's primary election had a three-way, Democratic race for county prosecutor.  City of Detroit legal counsel and University of Michigan law school lecturer Eli Savit came out on top and will not face Republican opposition in the November general election.  Savit discussed the win and his plans for the moving the prosecutor's office forward with WEMU's David Fair. 


Jocelyn Benson
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says Tuesday’s primary elections were by and large a success.  But she says the November election will be a much bigger challenge.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Wiki Commons

If you requested an absentee ballot for Tuesday's primary election and have not received it, you still have another option to vote today.  

Susan Cerniglia
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Tomorrow is the primary election day, and the new academic school year is right around the corner.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss safety precautions and preparations with the uncertainty it brings in the midst of a pandemic.  


Ken Magee
Ken Magee

Tuesday is primary election day.  Incumbent Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton is being challenged in the Democratic primary by Ken Magee.  Magee has a long career in law enforcement, including a stint as Chief of Police at the University of Michigan.  Magee joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss his candidacy and changes he would like to make, if elected. 


Ballot Box
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Don’t wait.  Drop off your ballot in person.  It’s too late to put it in the mail if you want it to be counted.  That’s the advice elections officials are giving voters in advance of Tuesday’s primaries.  It’s expected a record number of votes will be cast via absentee ballot.  Rick Pluta reports on how the 2020 primary is shaping up to be a unique experiment in the future of voting.


Turn Up Turnout

With days before next Tuesday’s primary election, the University of Michigan’s nonpartisan group Turn Up Turnout continues to encourage students to vote.  

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The Washtenaw County Elections Department says all of its 150 voting precincts will offer in-person voting for the August 4th primary election.  

Washtenaw County Road Commission

The Washtenaw County Road Commission will host a virtual meeting Tuesday night to inform voters on a millage renewal proposal they will see on the August primary ballot.  

Ed Golembiewski
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Michigan has garnered nationwide attention after the Secretary of State announced that absentee voter applications will be mailed out to all residents in the state.

WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Washtenaw County director of elections Ed Golembiewski to find out what that means for local voters and how they are preparing for the upcoming elections.


The Washtenaw County Elections Department says they could see a shortage of poll workers for the August state primary election due to the COVID-19 crisis. 


An April 21st filing deadline is approaching for candidates in Washtenaw County who want to appear on the August primary ballot.  


Lisa Barry

For some people, just getting out to vote takes a lot of effort.  They may never think about or realize exactly what goes in to putting a local election together.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry takes you behind the voting curtain to learn about just how much time and preparation goes in to putting together an election in Washtenaw County, so residents can exercise their right to vote.


Conan Smith
Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners / washtenaw.org

Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith lost his 9th District primary race on Tuesday.  While disappointed, he remains proud of his long tenure in public service and is encouraged by the leadership to be offered by the victor in the race, Katie Scott.  Smith took time Wednesday morning to reflect and look ahead in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair. 


Christopher Taylor
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

After a sometimes contentious primary, Christopher Taylor knows he has enough support to continue as Mayor.  But, he will also have to work with the member of city council he defeated for two more years as well as a host of new faces, amidst incumbent losses on Tuesday.  Mayor Taylor discussed the challenges and opportunities for moving his agenda forward with WEMU's David Fair.


Rebekah Warren
Michigan Senate Democrats / senatedems.com

Rebekah Warren is nearing the end of her tenure as 18th District State Senator.  After a comfortable win on in the Democratic primary, she is looking to November and beyond, as 55th District State House Representative.  She discussed the agenda with WEMU's David Fair.


Jeff Irwin
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

It was a long night for former Ann Arbor State Representative Jeff Irwin.  He had to wait until nearly 5am to get the final results  of the race for the 18th District State Senate. After  a narrow win, Irwin discussed the plan moving forward with with WEMU's David Fair. 


Normally, CivCity Initiative executive director Mary Morgan comes to the WEMU studios on Mondays for the feature "Civic Matters."  But, the August 2018 primary election is complete, and she just had to stop and offer some analysis of how, or if, the results in Ann Arbor may change the direction of city council. 


Larry Kestenbaum
Ann Arbor Local Wiki / localwiki.org

Nearly 35-percent of registered voters in Washtenaw County exersized their right on Tuesday. Voter turnout exceeded expectation and the county elections division was prepared. Still, no election passes without a slowdown, or two. Washtenaw County Clerk and Register of Deeds Larry Kestenbaum spoke with o WEMU's David Fair about turnout and the process of getting timely and accurate results. 


Jack Eaton
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

Incumbent Christopher Taylor defeated 4th Ward City Council member Jack Eaton int he Ann Arbor Mayoral Primary on Tuesday. Eaton joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the loss, the takeaways fromt he cmpaign and what he hopes to accomplish before his council term expires in 2020.


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It is primary election day today across the country and in Washtenaw County.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the Executive Director of CivCity Initiative and co-host of Civic Matters on 89.1 WEMU Mary Morgan about today's elections and how it's been going at local poling places.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Polling locations opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning across Washtenaw County and will close at 8 p.m.   89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan spoke with voters as they existed the polls.


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