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Deja Vu All Over Again? Record Turnout For 1964 Presidential Election In Ann Arbor

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 7:49am by oldnews

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On November 3, 1964, the voters of Ann Arbor came to the [|polls] to vote for President of the United States . . . and they [|came] and [|they came]. When the City Clerk finished counting, a new [|voter turnout] record was set at 29,409. The Ann Arbor News [|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 [|Neil Staebler].

In the lead-up to the election, the News published a voter education guide, [|What You Should Know To Make Your Vote Count In 1964]. The Guide featured [|profiles] of the federal candidates and statewide [|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 [|Courts] in Michigan, [|local elections] and [|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 [|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 [|AADL] branches. The [|Ann Arbor League of Women Voters] has been conducting local candidate forums that are available from the CTN [|Video On Demand] page as well being rerun throughout the election cycle on Channel 19.

The [|Ann Arbor City Clerk] has a web site with all the info you'll need to vote. The last day to [|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 [|Michigan Vote] site. If you'd like to vote absentee, you can print off the [|Application for Absentee Ballot] directly or stop by one of AADL's branches and we'll be happy to print it out for you.


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