Three state-wide proposals pass during November 8 general election

Republican challengers favored by majority of local voters fall to Democrat incumbents in races for governor, attorney general, and secretary of state
Crawford County voters added their numbers to a variety of state candidate races and three state-wide proposals during the November 8 general election voting process; some of the local results matched up with what state voters approved, and others did not.
Crawford County voting for Tuesday’s election included the races for 1st District Representative in Congress, 36th District State Senator, and 105th District Representative in State Legislature.
There were two candidates on the ballot for the State Senator 36th District: Joel A. Sheltrown (Democrat) and Michele Hoitenga (Republican). The 36th District includes a large piece of the northern Lower Peninsula (including Crawford County), according to redistricting maps.
Hoitenga received 86,394 total votes and Sheltrown received 44,074 votes, according to results posted by the State of Michigan. (In Crawford County, the numbers were: Hoitenga, 4,059 votes; Sheltrown, 2,228 votes.)
The November 8 ballot featured two candidates for Representative in State Legislature 105th District: Adam J. Wojdan (Democrat) and Ken Borton (Republican). Following the 2020 Census and redistricting process, the 105th District now includes Crawford County.
Borton received 31,044 total votes and Wojdan received 13,691 votes, according to state election results. (In Crawford County, the numbers were: Borton, 4,059 votes; Wojdan, 2,025 votes.)
The ballot had four candidates for Representative in Congress 1st District: Bob Lorinser (Democrat), Jack Bergman (Republican), Andrew Gale (Libertarian), and Liz Hakola (Working Class). The unofficial voting numbers, according to the State of Michigan, were: Bergman, 231,657 votes; Lorinser, 144,952 votes; Hakola, 5,480 votes; Gale, 4,569 votes. (Crawford County numbers: Bergman, 4,214 votes; Lorinser, 2,022 votes; Hakola, 107 votes; Gale, 90 votes.)
In voting for governor/lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and attorney general, Crawford County voters favored the Republican challengers, but state-wide, the Democrat incumbents won the three races. The three positions are four-year terms.
The governor/lieutenant governor ballot options included: Gretchen Whitmer/Garlin D. Gilchrist II (Democrat, incumbent), Tudor M. Dixon/Shane Hernandez (Republican), Mary Buzuma/Brian Ellison (Libertarian), Donna Brandenburg/Mellissa Carone (U.S. Taxpayers), Kevin Hogan/Destiny Clayton (Green), and Daryl M. Simpson/Doug Dern (Natural Law).
Whitmer/Gilchrist won the race with 2,421,377 votes, according to the State of Michigan. Dixon/Hernandez received 1,953,819 votes. None of the other candidates topped the 40,000 mark with regard to total votes.
In Crawford County, Dixon/Hernandez received 3,728 votes and Whitmer/Gilchrist received 2,655 votes.
According to the ballot, secretary of state candidates included: Jocelyn Benson (Democrat, incumbent), Kristina Elaine Karamo (Republican), Gregory Scott Stempfle (Libertarian), Christine C. Schwartz (U.S. Taxpayers), and Larry James Hutchinson Jr. (Green).
Benson won with 2,458,611 votes. Karamo had 1,845,975 votes. In Crawford County, the numbers were: Karamo, 3,709 votes; Benson, 2,590 votes.)
The four candidates for attorney general were: Dana Nessel (Democrat, incumbent), Matthew DePerno (Republican), Joseph W. McHugh Jr. (Libertarian), and Gerald T. Van Sickle (U.S. Taxpayers).
Nessel won the race with 2,320,440 votes. DePerno received 1,945,531 votes. (In Crawford County, the numbers were: DePerno, 3,760 votes; Nessel, 2,468 votes.)
State-wide, there were three proposals on the November 8 ballot. Michigan voters approved all three. Crawford County election numbers showed that local voters favored two of the three.
The first proposal involved legislature term limits and financial disclosure rules for state officials.
State Proposal 22-1 – “a proposal to amend the state constitution to require annual public financial disclosure reports by legislators and other state officers and change state legislator term limit to 12 total years in legislature,” according to the ballot – “would require members of legislature, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and attorney general file annual public financial disclosure reports after 2023, including assets, liabilities, income sources, future employment agreements, gifts, travel reimbursements, and positions held in organizations except religious, social, and political organizations.”
The proposal would “require legislature implement but not limit or restrict reporting requirements” and it would “replace current term limits for state representatives and state senators with a 12-year total limit in any combination between house and senate, except a person elected to senate in 2022 may be elected the number of times allowed when that person became a candidate,” according to the ballot.
“State Proposal 22-1: Constitutional Amendment: Voters for Transparency and Term Limits” passed 2,828,631 to 1,436,549, according to unofficial election results posted by the State of Michigan.
(Crawford County voters were in favor of State Proposal 22-1 3,856 to 2,451, according to local election information.)
“State Proposal 22-2: A proposal to amend the state constitution to add provisions regarding elections” – also passed.
“This proposed constitutional amendment would: Recognize fundamental right to vote without harassing conduct; Require military or overseas ballots be counted if postmarked by election day; Provide voter right to verify identity with photo ID or signed statement; Provide voter right to single application to vote absentee in all elections; Require state-funded absentee-ballot drop boxes, and postage for absentee applications and ballots; Provide that only election officials may conduct post-election audits; Require nine days of early in-person voting; Allow donations to fund elections, which must be disclosed; Require canvass boards certify election results based only on the official records of votes cast,” according to the ballot.
Michigan voters approved “State Proposal 22-2: Constitutional Amendment: Promote the Vote” 2,576,796 to 1,719,577.
(In Crawford County, local voters were in favor of State Proposal 22-2 by a slim margin with 3,266 yes votes and 3,090 no votes.)
State Proposal 22-3 was “a proposal to amend the state constitution to establish new individual right to reproductive freedom, including right to make all decisions about pregnancy and abortion; allow state to regulate abortion in some cases; and forbid prosecution of individuals exercising established right,” according to the ballot.
State Proposal 22-3 would “establish new individual right to reproductive freedom, including right to make and carry out all decisions about pregnancy, such as prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion, miscarriage management, and infertility,” according to the ballot.
Proposal 22-3 would “allow state to regulate abortion after fetal viability, but not prohibit if medically needed to protect a patient’s life or physical or mental health; forbid state discrimination in enforcement of this right; prohibit prosecution of an individual, or a person helping a pregnant individual, for exercising rights established by this amendment (and) invalidate state laws conflicting with this amendment.”
“State Proposal 22-3: Constitutional Amendment: Reproductive Freedom for All” passed 2,473,860 to 1,892,488.
(The Crawford County vote numbers for State Proposal 22-3 were 3,150 yes and 3,278 no.)
November 8 ballots also included multiple candidates for state boards, including Member of the State Board of Education, Regent of the University of Michigan, Trustee of Michigan State University, and Governor of Wayne State University. Ballots also included candidates for state Justice of Supreme Court and Judge of Court of Appeals 4th District.
According to the Michigan Secretary of State, the November 8 election “broke the turnout record for a midterm election” in the state.

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