Deja Vu All Over Again? Record Turnout For 1964 Presidential Election In Ann Arbor
On November 3, 1964, the voters of Ann Arbor came to the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0888_004|polls] to vote for President of the United States . . . and they [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0888_008|came] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641103-city_voters_crowding_polling_places|they came]. When the City Clerk finished counting, a new [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641104-city_turnout_hits_29409|voter turnout] record was set at 29,409. The Ann Arbor News [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641104-washtenaw_vote_tallies_for_four_offices|tallies] for Washtenaw County showed a 16,000 vote advantage for President Johnson over Barry Goldwater, a trend that was mirrored nationwide. Ann Arbor and the County also set a record for ticket-splitting, handing Governor Romney a sizable victory over Ann Arbor's [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/2299|Neil Staebler].
In the lead-up to the election, the News published a voter education guide, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p1|What You Should Know To Make Your Vote Count In 1964]. The Guide featured [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p5|profiles] of the federal candidates and statewide [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p5|candidates] for Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General. You'll see some very familiar names on the page. Included were civics lesson on [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p10|Courts] in Michigan, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p3|local elections] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p2|general elections.] The 1964 election stood out for another reason: for the first time voters would elect the Governor and Lt. Governor as a team from the same political party. There was only one statewide [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p4|ballot proposal] and the question will be very familiar to voters in 2016.
Fast forwarding to 2016, the Michigan League of Women Voters has produced a non-partisan Voter Guide that is available at all [http://www.aadl.org/aboutus/hours|AADL] branches. The [http://www.lwvannarbor.org/|Ann Arbor League of Women Voters] has been conducting local candidate forums that are available from the CTN [https://a2ctn.viebit.com/|Video On Demand] page as well being rerun throughout the election cycle on Channel 19.
The [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Pages/Voting.aspx|Ann Arbor City Clerk] has a web site with all the info you'll need to vote. The last day to [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Documents/MI%20Voter%20Registration%20Form%2097046%207.pdf|register to vote] is Tuesday, October 11, 2016. If you're not sure if you're registered or your voter information is up-to-date, check it out on the SOS [https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/MVIC/|Michigan Vote] site. If you'd like to vote absentee, you can print off the [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Documents/Clerk_Absent_Voter_Ballot_Application%20AA%20NEW.pdf|Application for Absentee Ballot] directly or stop by one of AADL's branches and we'll be happy to print it out for you.