Voter Information, Including Campaign Finance Analyses

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The ELi team has been working hard to bring you thorough coverage of the East Lansing City Council race. Here’s a roundup:

The basics of this election:

The East Lansing City Council has five members in total. Each serves for a four-year term. Three seats are up for grabs in this election, and six people are running. On the first day the new City Council meets, a mayor and mayor pro tem will be elected from among the five by the five.


ASK ELi: Are the Chamber's Mailers Legal?

Friday, October 30, 2015


A reader asks, "Why are candidate Shanna Draheim's last two campaign mailers paid for by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce instead of by her campaign committee? Is this a campaign violation?”

Business Group Spends Thousands Promoting Draheim; Draheim Reacts

Friday, October 30, 2015

Image: A montage of the latest Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce ads for the East Lansing City Council race

East Lansing residents checking their mailboxes yesterday discovered a new round of glossy campaign mailings from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, including another attacking Council candidate Erik Altmann, and three promoting candidate Shanna Draheim.

Attack Ad Fallout Continues

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Above: Candidates for City Council Erik Altmann, Nathan Tripeltt, and Mark Meadows.

Whether the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s attack ad on East Lansing City Council candidate Erik Altmann will affect the outcome of next Tuesday’s election is difficult to gauge. But what is clear is that the ad has caused a great deal of controversy.

Business Group Launches Attack on Candidate Altmann

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Above: Steve Japinga, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Director of Government Relations, and an image from the new mailer.

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce has launched an attack ad on City Council candidate Erik Altmann, declaring Altmann “wrong for East Lansing.”

Polling Locations Change

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Voters planning to cast ballots in next Tuesday's City Council race should be aware that some polling locations have recently changed.

Precinct 9 has been voting until now at the Bailey Community Center, but since that building is now closed, for this election Precinct 9 voters will cast ballots at Edgewood United Church, on Hagadorn Road.

Precinct 10 will also be voting at Edgewood United Church, as it normally does. City Clerk Marie Wicks says that there will be signage at Edgewood United to make sure voters know whether to line up for Precinct 9 or Precinct 10 voting.

Important Absentee Voter Info

Monday, October 26, 2015

Image: City Clerk Marie Wicks, courtesy City of East Lansing

The Office of the City Clerk will be open extra hours, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, October 31, for people who need absentee ballots for next Tuesday’s East Lansing City Council election. You can go in on Saturday to cast an absentee ballot if you cannot vote next Tuesday.

The Clerk’s office will also be open as usual this Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Division in Council Race Endorsements Mirrors Voting Records

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Above: The six candidates for City Council.

With three East Lansing City Council members’ terms ending next month, only two sitting Councilmembers are certain to remain: Ruth Beier and Susan Woods. Asked by ELi this week who they are endorsing in the City Council race, the two split, with no overlap:

Susan Woods is endorsing Shanna Draheim, Jermaine Ruffin, and Nathan Triplett.

Ruth Beier is endorsing Erik Altmann, Mark Meadows, and Steve Ross.


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