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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, July 11, 1979-Page 7
State panel OKs bill to save primary

LANSING (UPI) - A Senate com-
mittee yesterday approved legislation
that might salvage Michigan's en-
dangered presidential primary by
requiring voters to declare themselves
Republicans, Democrats, or indepen-
Michigan's primary currently does
not conform to national Democratic
party rules because it is "open." Voters
need not declare party preferences and
may "cross over" - that is, Democrats
may vote in the GOP primary and vice
The national Democratic party has
ordered Michigan to close the primary
to guarantee that only Democrats
decide how the state's convention
delegates will vote next summer in New
STATE PARTY Chairman Morley
Winograd said the Senate bill, approved

on a 4-0 vote of the Municipalities and
Elections Committee, conforms with
the national Democratic party's rules.
It is not certain, however, whether
the bill meets Gov. William Milliken's
demands. The governor said he will
veto any legislation that disenfran-
chises the state's independent voters or
forces them to declare a party af-
Here is how the complicated Senate
bill works:
A SECTION will appear at the top of
the ballot entitled "National Conven-
tion Delegates" and a section on the
bottom will read "Advisory Preferen-
Each voter will be asked by a poll
worker in which primary he or she
wishes to vote. Voters may choose
Democrat or Republican or declare
themselves independents or members

of a minor party.
Only citizens who declare themselves
Democrats or Republicans will be
allowed to vote on the top half of the
ballot. Those votes will be used by the
parties to allocate their national con-
vention delegates to presidential can-
didates. '
POLL WORKERS will keep a tally of
how many persons pick the Republican
and Democratic parties but they may
not keep an official listing of how in-
dividual citizens vote.
If a voter refuses to tell poll workers
in which primary he will vote, or if he
declares himself an independent or
aligns with a minor party, the voting
machine will be locked in a way that
will allow him to vote only on the lower
section of the ballot reading "Advisory
The votes of independents voting in

the Democratic column of the advisory
preference section will not count
toward the selection of convention
BUT THE. VOTES of independents
who vote in the Repulican column of the
advisory preference section will count,
since the national Republican party
does not discriminate against states
with open primaries.
One of the most unusual letter-
writing systems in the world was inven-
ted by the Chimu 'tribes of northeast
Peru, according to Alain de Cadenet,
consultant for the British Post Office.
The Chimu created a system of writing
codes which they inscribed on lima


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Co. in Charlotte, N.C., also said that
cool weather has kept demand below
predictions. He said a hot spell could
cause problems, but added that the
company has a capacity of over 12,000
megawatts and does not expect the
peak demand to top 10,200 megawatts.
Temperatures have been higher than
normal in Arizona, but Mark de
Michele, vice-president ofthe Arizona
Public Service Co., said the company
has had no problems. The peak demand
in June was just over 2,486 megawatts
- a record for the month, de Michele
said. The peak for the summer is not
expected to top 2,690 megawatts, he ad-
ded, and the utility has a capacity of
3,076 megawatts.
IN NORTHERN California, June was
warmer than usual, but July has been
cooler than normal. Officials of Pacific
Gas & Electric said a heat wave could
trigger problems because it will not
have the power it expected from two
nuclear units - one at Rancho Seco
which was shut down and one at Diablo
Canyon whose opening has been
The utility hasa three-step plan in the
event of a heat wave. Stage one calls for
an appeal for voluntary conservation;
stage two means a shutoff of power to
"interruptible" customers who pay a
lower rate in exchange for the
possibility of the loss of electricity; and
stage three will trigger rotating
"If Rancho Seco remains shut down,
it's very likely that we'll go into stage
two or three and it's especially likely if
there's a heat wave," said Harry Ar-
nott, a PG&E spokesman.
IN SOME parts of the West, which
rely on hydroelectric power, a lack of
rainfall has officials worried. J
Streamflows in eastern Washington,
for example, are reported at only 80 per
cent of normal. "Unless we have some
real wet weather in July and August,
we could have some real problems this
fall," said Stan Witter of the
Washington Water. Power Co:.''

New Jersey
NEWARK, N.J. (AP)-Almost 30,000
New Jersey employees walked off the
job yesterday, hampering operations at
stste offices and institutions.
The 29,000-member New Jersey State
Employees Association sanctioned the
strike shortly before noon yesterday af-
ter members staged wildcat walkouts
in protest of their union's recommen-

employees walk off jobs
dation of what they called an unaccep- ployees in New Jersey are prohibited
table contract. by law from striking.
Representatives of Gov. Brendan
Byrne's office and Attorney General THE STATE offered the workers a 5.5
John Degnan huddled yesterday after- per cent salary boost in the first year
noon to decide whether they would seek and a 6.5 per cent increase in the second
a court injunction against the illegal of a two-year contract. The offer was
strike by almost half of the state's the same offered by the state two weeks
70,000 workers. State and public em- ago. Union members' salaries range
from $7,000 a year upward, depending
on their job classification.
Local union representatives rebelled
when they were told of the agreement,
reached Monday by a union negotiating
"Our negotiating committee accep-
ted the lowest, most miserable
proposal," said Bill Cohen, shop
steward at the Division of Youth and
Family Services in Middletown.



a union local in South Jersey, said rank-
and-file members want a 7.5 per cent
increase for each year. She said many
state employees use food stamps
because of low wages.
James Stabile, spokesman for the
state Department of Corrections, said
pickets formed outside four of the 10
correctional facilities. Clerks, social
workers, teachers, and parole officers
also struck, but operations were "fairly
normal" at all facilities, he said.
5th Avense at Liberty St. 761-9700
Formerly Fifth Forum Theater
Dustin Hoffman

r atal miad-air c Colson
Thick, black smoke rises from the steely remains of two small planes which
collided in flight yesterday over a heavily populated residential area near
Windsor, Ontario. The collision killed all five passengers. Police said there
were miraculously no reported injuries on the ground.
The Ann Arbor Film Coop presents at Aud A
Wednesday. July 11
(Bernardo Bertolucci, 1977) 7 only-AUD A
An epic film of massive scope and power. According to THE VILLAGE VOICE,
.. 1900 has become o enuine word-of-mouth cult hit. Mobs on the brink of
a riot form every time a New York repertory theatre shows it. It's not unusual
for hundreds to be turned away." This response isn't surprising considering
the superlatives 1900 offers: a story that explores a vast history of 20th Century
Italy and the conflicts between landowner and peasant families, Bertolucci's
direction, stunning photography, Ennio Morricone's score and, above all, great
performances by an incredible cast including ROBERT DeNIRO, GERARD DEPAR-
STERLING HAYDEN. One of the few "must-see" films of the 70's. "Audiences
never get antsy, although the opus's running time is over four hours."-
VILLAGE VOICE. "Everybody who cares about movies will have to see 1900..
it isa great film, a huge work."-NEWSWEEK. Admission $2.00-

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