Everything you need to make informed choices about the EL Board of Education election in one place, including profiles of the candidates, their answers to questions from our readers, and reporting on all three forums.
Following a voter registration surge, City Clerk Marie Wicks is looking for more Election Day workers. ELi's Val Thonger and Ken Sperber explain the details—and the joys—of being an Election Inspector in East Lansing.
In the fifth of a series, ELi's Karessa Wheeler interviews East Lansing School Board candidate Hillary Henderson. We will continue to publish candidate profiles, every other weekday and in alphabetical order.
As a key Parks millage is due to expire later this year, East Lansing’s City Council held a tense conversation about whether the upcoming November election is the right time to try to get East Lansing voters to renew that millage. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.
This morning, the East Lansing City Clerk’s office provided East Lansing Info (ELi) with results of yesterday’s presidential primary elections in East Lansing. The results indicate that John Kasich easily beat his opponents on the Republican side, garnering 43% of the votes cast in the Republican race, in contrast to Donald Trump’s statewide win. In East Lansing, Trump came in second on the Republican side, with about 22% of the vote.
Above: City Manager George Lahanas and City Attorney Tom Yeadon, courtesy City of East Lansing
Michigan’s Department of State has determined that East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas violated the Michigan Campaign Finance Act (MCFA) when he used his column in the City’s Dialog newsletter to encourage voters to vote “yes” on a ballot initiative in the fall of 2014. In a letter dated March 2, 2016, a representative of the Bureau of Elections advised Lahanas, “you are not entitled to use public resources to solicit a favorable vote regarding a ballot question.”
The East Lansing City Clerk’s office is currently in need of Election Inspectors to work in polling locations around East Lansing on March 8, 2016. The work is paid and helps to support local democracy.
Inspectors’ half-day shifts run from either 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. to closing (usually 9 p.m.). Full-day shifts run from 6 a.m. to closing. The City pays Election Inspectors $60 for half-day shifts and $120 for all-day shifts.
Photo: Ingham County FOIA Coordinator Becky Bennett speaks at last night’s hearing.
Last night, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners heard Alice Dreger’s appeal under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). As Publisher of ELi, Dreger has been requesting records of all communications between County Clerk Barb Byrum and “the person who called himself or herself ‘Steve Meadows’.”