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WXYZ Editorial: Now is the time to plan your votes for the November 7th election!

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Posted at 3:08 PM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 12:45:51-04

Election Day is a little over two weeks away.  But it’s not too early to start studying your ballot!  In most cases, you can do that by going to your city clerk’s web site. 

Hundreds of cities, townships and school districts throughout Michigan will be holding elections on Tuesday, November 7th.  In Wayne County, candidates will be competing in cities such as Detroit, Livonia and Dearborn.  In Oakland County, voters in Pontiac, Farmington Hills and Southfield will be headed to the polls.  To the east, over in Macomb County, elected offices are up for grabs in Mt. Clemens and Sterling Heights.  And to the west, in Washtenaw, Ann Arbor will be holding their city elections.

Tip O’Neill, the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, once said, “All politics is local!” Well, if that’s true, then it doesn’t get anymore “local” than this election.  These are the elected officials who directly impact your schools, neighborhoods and local governments.  When you have an issue, these are the representatives you can call on the phone or meet with in person.  They aren’t far away in Lansing or Washington, D.C. 

Now is the time to begin looking over your ballot and researching the candidates and issues..  If you can’t vote in person on Election Day, request an absentee ballot from your city clerk office.  It’s not too late!  For voter information about Michigan elections, go to our web site at wxyz.com and follow the link we’ve provided.

http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633-49313--,00.html

The power to make a difference rests in your hands.  On Tuesday, November 7th, cast a ballot like the quality of your life and community depends on it.  Because in a very real sense, it does!     

I’m Mike Murri, Vice President & General Manager

Broadcast:  October 19 - 22, 2017