Will You Vote In The Primary? Why It's Important 8-02-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Will You Vote In The Primary? Why It's Important 8-02-2010

The polls will open up bright and early Tuesday morning, and voters will be asked to weigh in on everything from millages to the next governor.
Even with a lot of important issues on the ballot, only about 25-percent of Michigan voters are expected to turn out.
Political yard signs line streets in every township and county. Voters will head to the polls to vote in the August Primary, an election with a lot of choices, and a lot of intrigue.
“We usually think of politics at the federal or state level, but local and municipal elections are very important as well,” said Northwood University professor Dr. Richard Ebeling.
Ebeling said with seven candidates running for governor, and with many hotly contested local races and millages, there’s a lot ridding in Tuesday’s primary.
“It’s very important for everyone to go out and express what they want to be the future direction of the country, both at the local, state and federal level,” said Ebeling.
Tuesday's election might only be a primary race, but it does pave the way how the November election is decided.
“The primary will set the tone for what the November election will be offering people,” said Ebeling. “After all, the person selected respectively by the Democratic and Republican parties will be the flag-bearers of both political alternatives. Those persons will represent a political philosophy. Wherever you are in the political spectrum, it’s important for you to express how you feel, because you only get to do this once every two, four or six years.”
Polls around Mid-Michigan will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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