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By Peter Neumann
By Sharon McClendon

Polls Open Now Until 8 P.M.

August 7, 2012

DETROIT, Mi. (My TV20 News at 10) --- For Tuesday's election there will be perfect weather, and election organizers hope it will be free of problems. The free hotline could certainly come in handy as redistricting for many people changes who you can vote for and where you vote.

So the non-partisan Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has created a hotline to help you with your voting questions.

The media release from the organization follows:

Non-Partisan Coalition Offers
Primary Election Protection Hotline

By Michigan Election Coalition

Volunteers from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – a non-partisan coalition – have established a hotline aimed at helping Michigan residents vote by answering voter questions during the primary election on Tuesday, August 7th.

The Election Protection Hotline, (866) OUR-VOTE, is a non-partisan operation that will answer questions related to understanding ID requirements, finding polling locations, reporting voting problems, getting absentee ballot information, offering registration help and more.

According to the group, there’s confusion with voters and election officials over the U.S. citizen checkbox requirement following Governor Snyder's veto. Michigan voters do not have to fill it out, but should still be given a ballot.

(Of course, non-citizens are not permitted to vote.) If voters have questions about this or other voting requirements, they are encouraged to call the hotline for answers.

The Hotline, (866) OUR-VOTE is active during polling hours today until 8 p.m. for the primary election.

To learn more about the Election Protection Hotline, you can go to: www.866ourvote.org

VOTER INFORMATION

The primary election is here and redistricting and charter changes may have you a bit confused about your polling location, what you need to bring, proposals or information on just who’s asking for your vote.

Link up to Publius to find all the answers to your questions http://primary.publius.org/

And remember when you’re completing your ballot in Detroit to fill in the ovals on the ballot.

And the Position Goes To…

There are two seats open in Congress that are up for grabs this political season in the 13th and 14th Congressional districts.

Why? Because the district lines were redrawn by the Republican Congress and the predominately democratic districts were divided, and now there’s a HUGE competition going on as Democratic candidates traverse up and down the lines to curry favor with constituents in the 13th & 14th Districts – but there can be only two.

Here’s who vying for your vote:

Incumbents Congressman Hansen Clark, Congressman Gary Peters, Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence and former Lansing Democratic Minority Leader Mary Waters are looking to be seated in Washington.

The 13th District’s Senior Congressman from Detroit John Conyers is trying to hold on to his seat battling against State Senator Bert Johnson, State Senator Glenn Anderson and State Representative Shanelle Jackson.

This race is being viewed as a significant one as at the end of the process the outcome will determine how Detroit moves forward in future. What will Detroit’s political face be in the future? The possibility exists that Michigan may no longer have an African American Congressman.

And the position goes to…

BALLOT PROPOSALS

Wayne County

JAILS MILLAGE RENEWAL
To renew the millage authorized in 2002, shall Wayne County be authorized to continue to levy this millage at the 2011 rollback rate of .9381 mills (about 94 cents per thousand dollars of taxable valuation) for ten more years (2012 through 2021) for any of the following previously authorized uses:

To acquire, construct, and/or operate jail, misdemeanant, or juvenile incarceration or detention facilities, and for adult penalty options such as work release, home detention and community restitution; with at least one-tenth of the millage used to acquire, build and operate a juvenile offender work/training institution? This renewal is estimated to generate at least $38,859,493 in property tax revenue in 2012.

WAYNE COUNTY ART INSTITUTE AUTHORITY MILLAGE
The Wayne County Art Institute Authority was established pursuant to Public Act 296 of 2010 and formed to allow for continuing support of art institute services for the students, residents and visitors of Wayne County. The law allows the Authority to seek authorization from the electors to levy a tax of not more than 0.2 mill (20 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) on real and personal property to provide revenue to an art institute services provider for this purpose. Accordingly, to continue providing art institute services to benefit the residents of the County, shall a 0.2 mill on all of the taxable property located within the County be imposed for a period of ten (10) years, being years 2012 through 2021? It is estimated that if approved and levied, this new millage would generate approximately $8,284,722 in 2012.

OAKLAND COUNTY

OAKLAND COUNTY ART INSTITUTE AUTHORITY MILLAGE
The Oakland County Art Institute Authority established pursuant to Public Act 296 of 2010 to allow for continuing support of art institute services for the students, residents and visitors of Oakland County. The law allows the Authority to seek authorization from the electors to levy a tax of not more than 0.2 mill (20 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) on real and personal property to provide revenue to an art institute services provider for this purpose. Accordingly, to continue providing art institute services to benefit the residents of Oakland County, shall a 0.2 mill on all of the taxable property located within the County be imposed for a period of ten (10) years, being years 2012 through 2021? It is estimated that if approved and levied, this new millage would generate approximately $9,847,191 in 2012.

OAKLAND COUNTY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION MILLAGE RENEWAL
If approved, this proposal will renew the .59 mills levied by the Oakland County Public Transportation Authority in 2010, for the years 2010 through 2011, and will allow continued support to the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) for a public transportation system serving the elderly, disabled, and general public of Oakland County.

As a renewal of the mills which expired with the 2011 tax levy, shall the limitation on the amount of taxes imposed on taxable property in the Oakland County Public Transportation Authority area be renewed at .59 mills (59 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) for two (2) years, 2012 and 2013, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for the support of a public transportation system serving the elderly, disabled, and general public of the County of Oakland? It is estimated that .59 mills would raise approximately $16 million when levied in 2012.

MACOMB COUNTY

VETERANS' MILLAGE
If approved, this proposal will renew the .04 mills levied by Macomb County from 2008 through 2012 for six years, 2013 through 2018, to continue funding of financial aid and services for Macomb County veterans and to support the Macomb County Veterans' Services Department and Veterans' Affairs Commission in providing services and financial aid to veterans.

Shall the .04 mills, (4 cents per $1,000 of taxable value), increase on the limitation on the amount of taxes imposed on taxable property in Macomb County which expires in 2012 be renewed for six (6) years, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 to be levied by Macomb County on taxable real and personal property for a period of 6 years, 2013 to 2018, inclusive, for the purpose of providing financial aid and services to veterans and to support the administration of the Macomb County Veterans' Services Department and Macomb County Veterans' Affairs Commission? It is estimated that a levy of .04 mills will raise approximately $984,560 in the first calendar year of the levy.

MACOMB COUNTY ART INSTITUTE AUTHORITY MILLAGE
The Macomb County Art Institute Authority was established pursuant to Public Act 296 of 2010 and formed to allow for continuing support of art institute services for the students, residents and visitors of Macomb County. The law allows the Authority to seek authorization from the electors to levy a tax of not more than 0.2 mill (20 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) on real and personal property to provide revenue to an art institute services provider for this purpose. Accordingly, to continue providing art institute services to benefit the residents of the County, shall a 0.2 mill on all of the taxable property located within the County be imposed for a period of ten (10) years, being years 2012 through 2021? It is estimated that if approved and levied, this new millage would generate approximately $ 4,877,863.36 in 2012.

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