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Vol. LXXXIII, No. 54 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, November 8, 1972 Ten Cents
polls over low
Voting was a time consuming privilege in Ann Arbor
yesterday as some people waited as long as five hours past
the 8 p.m. closing time to get their chance to vote.
Lines were worst in student precincts where unprecedent-
ed voter turn-outs swamped poling places. An abnormally
long ballot required more time than usual so a state law
limiting each person to two minutes in the voting booth
was not enforced.
"I know there are lines but there's nothing we can do
about it," City Clerk Harold Saunders said early in the eve-
'ning. "I had no way of know-
President Richard Nixon swept to a second
day with nearly a 30 per cent margin of
Democratic challenger George McGovern.
With roughly one-third of all,
precincts reporting, last night Re-
publican Mike Renner led Demo-
crat Perry Bullard 9,123 to 7,266
u in the 53rd District state represent-
Because student districts had not
yet been counted, however, it was;
generally believed that Bullard
would win. Renner himself con-
ceded defeat despite a temporary
Human Rights Party candidate
Steve Burghardt trailed far behind'
with 3,459 votes in a surprisingly1
poor showing. Conservative party
candidate Alan Harris garnered
Bullard and Burghardt were ex-
pected to split the vote in studen-
dominated precincts almost evenl .
In none of the precincts report-
ing by 12:30 a.m., however, was
the contest even close.
Renner did poorly as expected
in student areas, but carried tra-
9ditionally Republican areas.
At Democratic party headquar-
ters, Bullard said, "The Republi-
cans spent a lot of money on their
campaign and not wisely - that's
why we're going to win."
He attributed the tightness of
his race with Renner to student
voters getting discouraged by iong
lines at polling places.
In conceeding defeat, both Reni-
ner and Burghardt cited the coat-
tail effect of the candidacv of
"In a presidential year there is
a large percentage of apolitical
people who tend to vote the
straight party ticket," Burghardt
"The McGovern vote is very
strong and it's pulling Perry (Bcil-
lard) along with it," Renner com-
Renner also blamed Burghardt's
weak showing for his defeat.
ing there would be such mas-
sive voter registration in time
to order more voting ma-
Despite the hassles at City Hall,
people waiting in lines were calm'
and relaxed. They read, played
chess, and ate innumerable pieces'
of pizza with lots of beer to help
pas the long hours. Monopoly gam-
es and card games were also seen.
However, later in the night, as
news of the Nixon landslide began;
to reach the polls, some of t h e
would-be voters began to leave ra-
ther than face the lines.
As some local voting lines stret-
ched to more than 700 people, a
suit was filed with District Court
Judge William Agar in a futile at-
tempt to keep the polls open four
hours past the 8 p.m. closing time.
The judge reportedly denied the:
motion because he said it was out
of his jurisdiction.
"The Ann Arbor suit was based
on a substantially identical motion
in Detroit," said Dennis Hayes, the
lawyer who filed the local suit.
"Identical rights were infringed on
and the federal authority comes
from the same place."
In Detroit, Wayne County Cir-
cuit Judge James Canham order-
ed poling places to remain open
until 10 p.m. - two hours later
than usual. Canham'shorder was
based on an emergency class ac-
tion suit filed by Wayne County
Democratic Chairman Bruce Mil-
The action was disputed by Sen.
Robert Griffin's office as they at-
tempted to have the decision over-
thrown, but the Michigan Supreme
Court, by a 4-3 vote, declined to in-
tervene. Griffin's office then cal-
led in the Court of Appeals, who or-
dered the polls closed immediate-
ly at 9:15.
SEN. GEORGE McGOVERN (right) casts his vote in Mitchell, S.D., yesterday. McGovern conceded the
beaming President and Pat Nixon (left) arrive in Washington last night to await election results.
With only about 16 per cent of
the vote reported, Proposal "B,"
the abortion reform proposal ap-
peared to be losing late last night,
318,866 votes to 163,044, with mosily
out-state areas reporting.
Proposal "B," if approved, would
make abortions legal within the
first 20 weeks of pregnancy. The
current law, dating from 1846, al-
lows abortions only if the woman's
life is endangered by the preg-
1, tax p
Anti-reform groups mounted an
extensive media campaign during
the last weeks before the election.
The reform proposal was placed
on the ballot, due to a successful'
six-month petition drive.
Other early referenda results in-
* Proposal "C," which would
limit the use of property tax for,
support of state schools, was los-
ing 281,257 to 201,542 votes. The
referendum would lower the con-
The President rolled up immense totals while carrying
every Southern state and winning by near-record amounts
in Northern industrial states where his opponent had focused
.>r' - his campaign.
At midnight, McGovern was well ahead only in Massa-
chusetts and the District of Columbia-leaving Nixon with
a potential total of over 500 electoral votes. 270 are needed
With 38 per cent of the vote tabulated, Nixon had received
20,066,716 (63 per cent) to McGovern's 11,459,855 (36 per cent).
Nixon said in his victory state-
ment that, he had tried to behave
4:- ...... in the campaign "in a way whichlD
would not divide the country." He j t j 5 o
added, "We are on the eve of what
4 ::::;:". could be the greatest generation of
-. peace . . . that man has everct
It was the first time a Republi-
can had carried all 13 Southern
states. Arkansas, for example,
went Republican for the first time
in a century.
But it was the large, urban state
vote in the Midwest and Northeast Democrats retained control of
that dashed hopes for an upset both houses of Congress yesterday,
victory for McGovern. He had as President Nixon's landslide
counted on carrying New York, coattails proved too short for most
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and of his party members.
Illinois for a victory, and concen- Republicans needed to pick up
Daily Photo by ROLFE TESSEM trated his efforts in those states. five previously Democrat-held Sen-
election at 11:30 last night. A Results in West Virginia, normal- ate seats to win control of that
ly a Democratic stronghold where body-presently controlled by the
Nixon garnered 60 per cent, of the Democrats 55-45.
votes were typical.I Late last night it appeared the
Flying toWashington to await GOP would take atpmost three
the results, Nixon found that the Democratic Senate seats, while
0 traditionally Democratic cities of losing at least two of their own.
Chicago, New York and Philadel- The GOP needed to take 41 seats
phia were splitting nearly 50-50. from the Democrats to take con-
Despite the landslide, few Re- trol of the House. Early reports
publican congressional candidates were too scattered to make a firm
M benefitted significantly from the prediction, but it, appeared the
Nixon victory. Returns at midnight GOP would fall far short of the
10 S ID howed an overall Democratic lead
virtually precluded a new GOP Republicans might take 12 House
daylight. The clocks will be moved majority in either body. seats from the Democrats, barely
d oneght Theou i ll. bThe last comparable presidential a third of the number needed. The
back one hour m the fall. defeat was Alf Landon's in 1936 at overwhelming trend in House races
Business interests in the state the hands of Franklin Roosevelt. was the re-election of incumbents.
supported the proposal, while In 1964 Lyndon Johnson polled 61 Early Senate returns showed Re-
farmers and rabbis opposed it. per cent of the vote against Ari- publican candidates taking Demo-
The last Detroit News poll pre- zona's Sen. Barry Goldwater. cratic seats in Virginia and New
dicted that the reform proposal In his concession speech last Mexico-states they considered cru-
would be defeated. Three previous night, McGovern said his campaign cial for a Senate majority: They
,conducted for the News, was an effort that "will bear fruit also had a good chance of picking
polls, dhad for years to come." Sending his up a seat in North Carolina.
given the victory to reform advo- full "support" to the President in But Democrat Walter Huddleston
cates. See FOUR, Page 10 defeated Louis Nunn for a Senate
seat in Kentucky, cutting the
GOP's gains to a two seat net at
H R Pmost. Also, Democratic senatorial
s~e'tn s andidates were running ahead of
and South Dakota, and threatened
amajor upset in Iowa with Demo-
elect Floj Ttk aylor crat Richard Clark projected to
beat incumbent Jack Miller.
If early trends continued, the
Democrats K a t h y Fojtik and At HRP headquarters Newell Democrats will offset any Repub-
Elizabeth Taylor won election to said, "The voting totals show a lican gains with gains of their own
the Washtenaw County Board of great falling off of our support -possibly resulting in a Demo-
Commissioners last night, in the that wasn't e v i d e n c e d pre- cratic majority larger than the
14th and 15th districts. viously.". present one.
The results could be viewed as Winning added, "All previous One of the biggest surprises in
a setback for the Human Rights indications were that we were the Senate contests was the threat-
Party, as its two candidates, doing extremely well so I have ened upset of incumbent Margaret
Susan Newell and Susan Winning to think outside factors had Chase Smith 4 (R-Me.) by Demo-
were given a good chance to something to do with it." cratic Rep. William Hathaway.
win the seats. Taylor, who was piling up an Smith had been expected to win
Returns were still incomplete impressive lead was, in her own the race handily.
early this morning, but both words, "completely amazed. I Powerful S e n a t e incumbents
HRP candidates conceded at thought people would buy the Charles Percy (R-Ill.), James
about 12:30 a.m. See HRP, Page 10 See DEMS, Page 10
stitutional limit for property taxesd
from a maximum of 50 to a maxi-
mum 26 mills.
Currently a 15 mill tax is assess-
ed statewide, though voters in a
district may approve up to 35 ad-
ditional mills. If Proposal "C"
passes, the resulting loss in rev-
enue is estimated at over $1 bil-
* Proposal "D," which would,
remove the state constitutional ban
on a graduated income tax, appear-
ed to be failing. Totals showed
306,119 to 146,322 votes.
* Proposal "E," which would
allow the state to borrow $266 mil-
lion to provide veterans of Viet-
nam and other wars with tuition
funds and bonuses, was winning.
According to NBC, totals were
198,383 "Yes" and 176,290 "No"
* Proposal "A," which would
switch the state to Daylight Sav-
ings Time, was winning 241,731 to
231,183 votes, according to CBS.
These totals represent 16 per cent
Early returns show Griffin
leading Michigan senate race
"We came in with about the
same percentage we thought we'd
come in with," he said. "SteveI
(Burghardt) just didn't pry as
many votes away from Perry as
we hoped he would."
Republican Senator Robert Grif-
fin took an early lead over State
Atty. Gen. Frank Kelley last night
as the first outstate precinct re-
turns were reported.
However, a series of conflicting
court orders delayed the all-
important Detroit vote as polling
places remained open after the
normal 8:00 p.m. closing time.
At 11:30 p.m., with 32 per cent
of the vote tallied, NBC and CBS
reported that Griffin led with
627,524 votes. Kelley trailed by al-
most 70,000 votes with 559,794. Hu-
man Rights Party candidate Bar-'
bara Halpert trailed with 3,986
Because voters were waiting as
long as three hours to vote 4i
several Detroit polling places,
Wayne County Democrats attempt-
ed to have U.S. District Court
Judge John Feikens order the pollsT
remain open until 10:00 p.m. Feik-4
ens refused, saying that current
state laws provide adequate pro-4
tection for voters.j
State law allows all voters, in,
line when the polls close, to cast7
their ballots, no matter how long,
However Wavne Countv CircuitI
of the stte vofte.
County sheriff post undecided
as Owings, Postill tie for lead
Judge James Canham later heard clocks will
a similar suit and ordered Detroit Under the proposal,
polls to remain open until 10:00. be moved forward one hour in the
p.m. A federal appeals court then spring to allow an extra hour of
reversed the decision after hearing
arguments from lawyers reportedly
representing Griffin and ordered
the polls closed at 8:00 p.m.
Later, the state Supreme Court
suistained Canham's decision only Ec
to be overruled by the same three-E s c h
member federal appeals court,'
which ordered the polls closed at
9:15 p.m. Thus only those Detroit Incumbent Republican Rep.
voters who were in line by that Marvin Esch appeared confideant
time were allowed to vote. of victory last night as early re-
As the early returns were report-' turns gave him a lead over Dem-
ed, Kelley expressed confidence ocratic State Representative Mar-
and said he thought he would do vin Stempien.
reasonably well in Wayne County. With 40 per cent of the vote in,
He also said he felt that he had Esch had garnered 50,957 votes
sulport in Genessee, Monroe, and to Stempien's 35,927.
Early returns for the Wash-
tenaw County sheriff's race last
night showed Democrat F r e d
Postill with a slight lead over
his Republican opponent Harold
However, many of the key pre-
cincts in the county had not been
tabulated as of 1 a.m.
and the outlying districts. Harv-
ey is expected to get much of his
support from these outlying dis-
It is conceivable that Owings
would benefit by a split in the
vote for Postill and Harvey, a_
District are independent in their
thinking and want a congress-
man who is also independent."
Esch, first elected to the
House in 1966, is a member of
the House Education and Labor
Committee and the Committee
on Science and Aeronautics.
Stempien wa selected to the
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