Category Archives: Government

Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County election results, November 8, 2011

A live blog of election results. Unofficial county results from Washtenaw County elections; most links that don’t go to news stories for individual information are going to Arborwiki.

For news coverage, see, the Ann Arbor Chronicle, and News of Ann Arbor (this is satire), not necessarily in that order. Additional reporting from the Heritage News’s ChelseaDexter twitter feed, the Manchester Enterprise, and the Michigan Daily.

Blogs include Damn Arbor: Happy election day citizens!

6:50 a.m. Weds.

Rep. Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) was recalled by Gennesee County voters. Scott is the Republican chair of the House Education Committee and had been targeted by the Michigan Education Association. Story in the Michigan Messenger.

11:00 p.m.

Ann Arbor School Board results are complete. With all 63 precincts counted, [Andy Thomas] and [Simone Lightfoot] are re-elected.

10:25 p.m.

Ann Arbor School Board results to date show incumbents [Andy Thomas] and [Simone Lightfoot] with a comfortable 850+ vote lead over their challengers with only 9 of 63 precincts left to count.

10:05 p.m.

Ann Arbor City Council results, with too few uncounted precincts to swing the election:

10:00 p.m.

The Manchester Enterprise has a story on Sharon Township results. Peter Psarouthakis and R. Brian Simons, who both had interim roles after a recall election removed their predecessors, were elected.

9:45 p.m.

The Ann Arbor Chronicle. In the last paragraph, they note one of the persistent issues of estimating Ann Arbor voter turnout: “A certain number of registered voters no longer live in this area but are still in the books.”

9:35 p.m.

Sylvan Township turned down a [4.75 mill levy]; the Lisa Allmendinger story in references the Free Sylvan Township website which describes the anti-millage point of view.

9:30 p.m.

Ann Arbor street millage results at 9:30 p.m. have 28/43 precincts counted, with 6297-1791 in favor of a 2 mill street improvement millage.

9:20 p.m.

Some pages to refer to: the Precinct count shows vote count by precinct, the cumulative report shows votes by candidate, the canvass report has results by race.

9:15 p.m.

Unofficial county results are showing very low turnout in some precincts. Ann Arbor Ward 4 Precinct 1 results had 7 voters turn out, of 1453 said to be registered.

9:10 p.m.

Unofficial county results have 22/109 precincts counted at 9:02 p.m.

The Ann Arbor school board canvas report has 9/63 precincts counted.

9:05 p.m.

Unofficial county results have incumbent Marcia Higgins (D) leading Eric Scheie (R) in Ann Arbor Ward 4, 288-213, with only absentee votes counted at 8:56 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

The Ann Arbor Chronicle has absentee results from the Ann Arbor School Board race, as of 8:00 p.m. The field of 6 candidates will yield 2 winners. Leading the absentee results are [Simone Lightfoot] (799), [Andy Thomas] (699), and [Lawrence A. Murphy] (677).

8:45 p.m. has [called the Lumm-Rapundalo race] for Jane Lumm (I), with Lumm leading 1732-1224 with one precinct remaining to count as of 8:30 p.m. The party is at Paesano’s.

8:40 p.m.

The [Ann Arbor Chronicle’s Civic News Ticker] is a good source for short city news. An [8:00 p.m. update] notes that Jane Lumm (I) is leading [Steve Rapundalo] (D) 461-268 in absentee ballots in the [Ann Arbor Second Ward].


FOIA jobs: looking for all of your ideas on #FOIAchat

I wrote a weekly FOIA Friday column for for about a year. The position that I had was eliminated in layoffs in March 2011, as the Ann Arbor Chronicle’s story History Repeats at describes. Ironically, I was laid off the week before the newspaper industry promotes Sunshine Week, though I am certain that was just coincidence.

What do you do with all of this experience in dealing with the Freedom of Information Act? Here’s a quick poll to generate some ideas. Feel free to add your own, if the one you want isn’t listed or mentioned.

The poll is from the Princeton based All Our Ideas, which is much niftier than any other survey research tool I’ve used.

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Edward Vielmetti writes the Vacuum weblog, which started in 1999, and organizes the FOIA Coordinator weblog as well. Reach him by electronic mail at