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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 4, 1992 - Page 3

Michigan UA

Record turnout causes confusion

Dist.
1

Democrat
Bart Stupak

2 John Miltner
3 Carol Kooistra
4 Lisa Donaldson
5 James Barcia
0 Andy Davis
'7 -

9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16

Bob Carr
Dale Kildee
David Bonior
Walter Briggs
SanderLevin
~ WilliamFord
V John Conyers, Jr.
Barbara-Rose Collins
t John Dingell

Republican
Phil Ruppe
~ Peter Hoekstra
Paul Henry
V Dave Camp
Keith Muxlow
Fred Upton
V Nick Smith
Dick Chrysler
Megan O'Neill
Douglas Carl
Joseph Knollenberg
John Pappageorge
Robert Geake
John Gordon
Charles Vincent
Frank Beaumont

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Staff Reporter
Poll workers and city officials
attributed confusion and crowding
at polling sites yesterday to a
record Ann Arbor turnout.
"I don't remember it being
quite so crowded," said Marshall
Franke, an election official at the
Michigan Union polling site.
"Maybe there's just a hell of a lot
more interest this year. All I know
is this is a nightmare compared to
most elections."
Ann Arbor City Clerk Winifred
Northcross agreed. "This morning,
between nine and 11, it was just
insane - pandemonium. It's sheer
pandemonium that luckily only
occurs once every four years."
Beginning at 6:30 a.m.,
Northcross said the clerk's office
received hundreds of calls from
students and Ann Arbor residents
who did not know where to vote.
"This is typical of presidential
election days. We go through this
every four years," Northcross said.
"We can tell from the number of
calls and the activity here that
turnout is high, very high. But the

vermwded polls result in long lines

long lines, the frustrated voters, all
are typical presidential
characteristics."
One component of the high
voter turnout was an increase in
the number of students voting,
Northcross said. She estimated
that 70,000 of the 90,000 voters
registered in Ann Arbor cast their
ballot yesterday.
"There are more students vot-
ing today than normal, but that's
always the case. They don't usu-
ally take much interest in the local
election," Northcross said. "But
there are more than four years ago.
This race has just generated a lot
more interest."
Some election officials said
they thought confusion and long
lines resulted from first-time vot-
ers' unfamiliarity with voting
procedures.
"They open that curtain and see
all these other candidates and is-
sues, and I think it's overwhelm-
ing for new voters who think
they're going in just to vote for
president," said Mary Ann Roth,
South Quad Residence Hall elec-
tion chair, adding that, as of 5:45

Students wait to vote at the Michigan Union yesterday.

U S:
0 State Democrat

I-

AL ~ Richard Shelby
.AK Tony Smithv
AZ Claire Sargentv
4AR V Dale Bumpers
CA ~ Barbara Boxer
V Dianne Feinstein
CO ~ B. Nighthorse Campbell
CT ~ Christopher Dodd
FL VBob Graham
GA V Wyche Fowler, Jr:
Hi ~ Daniel lnouye
ID Richard Stallings
IL V Carol Moseley Braun
IN Joseph Hogsett v
CIA Jean Lloyd-Jones v
MKS Gloria O'Dellv
iKY VWendell Ford

Republican,
Richard Sellers
~ Frank Murkowski
John McCain
Mike Huckabee
Bruce Herschensohn
John Seymour
Terry Considine
Brook Johnson
Bill Grant
Paul Coverdell
Rick Reed
~ Dirk Kempthome
Richard Williamson
~ Daniel Coats
~ Charles Grassley
~ Robert Dole
David Williams

p.m., 877 people had voted at
South Quad.
Franke said election workers
were talking to voters in line to
demystify the voting process and
ensure that voters were at the cor-
rect site.
As of 5:30 p.m., Franke esti-
mated that 800 people had voted at

the Union and only 12 had come
to the wrong site.
"It's a surprisingly small num-
ber. Very often 60 to 65 percent
do not know where they are sup-
posed to go. We are amazed, and
disappointed, because the line is
so long - but they all seem to be
in the right place," Franke said.

Barbara Boxer
(D-California)

Schroer conquers
Ouiet in race for
52nd District seat

S

Carol Moseley Braun
(D-Illinois)

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MD
MO
:NV
-NY
,NC
ND
OH
-OK
OR'
PA
SC
SD
UT
PVT
WA

John Breaux
~ Barbara Mikulski
Geri Rothman-Serot
V Harry Reid
BrohnRauh
Robert Abrams
Terry Sanford
Byron LDorgan
John Glenn
Steve Lewis
Les AuCoin
Lynn Yeakel
V Ernest Hollings
V Thomas Daschle
Wayne Owens
Patrick Leahy
V Patty Murray

Alan Keyes
Christopher Bond
Damar Dahl
~ Judd Gregg
VAlfonse D'Amato
~ Lauch Faircloth
Steve Sydness
Michael DeWine
V Donald Nickles
Robert Packwood
V Arlen Specter
Thomas Hartnett
Charlene Haar
Robert Bennett
James Douglas
Rod Chandler
Robert Kasten

John Glenn
{0-Ohio}

by Hope Calati
Daily Government Reporter
Democrat Mary Schroer clinched
a victory in the hotly-contested State
House battle in the 52nd District,
defeating former Republican Ann
Arbor City Councilmember Mark
Ouimet.
With 20 of 32 precincts reporting,
Schroer had 63 percent of votes
while Ouimet had 37 percent.
Ouimet and Schroer both cam-
paigned vigorously this season in a
district predicted to be 52 percent
Republican.
Last night Schroer said, "We are
cautiously optimistic.
"It's nice to have someone at the
top of the ticket that's not pulling the
rest of the ticket down. It's a good
year to be a Democrat," Schroer
said.
Ron Kennedy, Ouimet's cam-
paign manager, attributed yester-
day's results to the national party
scenario. "Mark Ouimet is more in
touch with his district than any can-
didate in America," Kennedy con-
tended.
Ouimet was waiting for the re-
sults in a suite at the Holiday Inn
West.
Although 35 people were in the
Holiday Inn ballroom at the height
of the evening, the room was de-
serted after George Bush's speech
conceding the election.
Even the hotel staff had left by

midnight.
Ouimet, a former two-term mem-
ber of the Ann Arbor City Council
and an executive officer at the Great
Lakes Bancorp, campaigned to make
the Statehouse more inclusive.
Schroer, a legislative aide to
State Sen. Lana Pollack (D-Ann
Arbor), unsuccessfully sought the
seat in 1988. She campaigned to ad-
dress the inequities in the state social
services budget.
Pollack said she felt "fabulous"
about the Democratic victories in
yesterday's election.
She said the victories are a result
of the "tragedy" of 12 years of
Republican presidency. "That
tragedy led to an overwhelming re-
jection of the Republicans," Pollack
said.
Although Schroer would not
comment on the outcome, she said
she was excited about an unexpected
victory in Lincoln township.
She outlined her plans if elected.
"I am going to face an awesome
responsibility of coming up with a
balanced budget," she said. "It is
important that I represent part of the
university and the students."
Schroer added, "The state has to
keep higher education affordable.
That will be a big challenge. We
need to get the economy and state
moving so you can get employed
when you graduate."

Ouimet also refrained fror..
commenting on the election results.
"There haven't been any great
surprises," he said.
He said his campaign brought an
"old style" of campaigning back to
the voters by visiting more than
20,000 voters door-to-door.
Student Campaign Coordinator
Christy Glass said Ouimet's cam-
paign tactics effectively reached
students.
"He makes voters feel important,
closer to the candidate. He has re-
sponded to students and in turn I
think the students have responded to
him," Glass said.,
Glass added that Ouimet's cam-
paign deviated from the traditional
Republican party line in his strong
pro-choice stance.
- Daily Staff Reporters Nate
Hurley, Megan Lardner, Will
McCahill, and Abby Schweitzer
contributed to this report

Schroer

Regent
hopefuls
await
by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Administration Reporter
The race for the two vacant seats
on the U-M Board of Regents was
too close to call as of press time yes-
terday.
With 23 percent of votes counted,
incumbent Regent Neal Nielsen led
with 29 percent of the vote.
Nielsen is maintaining a lead
over Republican candidate Nancy
Laro, from Ann Arbor, who has 25
percent of the vote and Democratic
candidate Rebecca McGowan who
has garnered 22 percent.
Last night, the four candidates,
including Democratic candidate
Larry Deitch, put their campaigns on
the back burner to watch the results
of the presidential elections.
McGowan, who is from Ann
Arbor, said she spent yesterday at
home.
"Today I took my baby for a long
walk and voted. I'd rather be with
my family and friends and watch
what happens to the presidential
election," McGowan said.
Democrat Larry Deitch of
Bloomfield Hills agreed.
"I'm watching ABC and having
some friends over and watching the
results," Deitch said.
Republican Nancy Laro, from
Ann Arbor, chose to attend
Republican party events.
Nielsen (R-Brighton) was
unavailable for comment.

WI V Russell Feingold

Arlen Specter
(R-Pennsy'lvania)

State Democrat Republican
DE /ThomasCarper B.GaryScott

SIN
MO
MT

V Evan Bayh
Mel Camahan
Dorothyaradley

NH Deborah Amesen
NC ~'JamesiHuntJe.
ND Nicholas Spaeth
RI Bruce Sundlun
UT Stewart HansonJr,
VT V Howard Dean
WA Mike Lowry
WV V Gaston Caperton

Linley Pearson
William Webster
Marc Racicot
Steve Merrill
Jim Gardner
Edward Schafer
Elizabeth Ann Leonard
Mike Leavitt
John McLaughry
Ken Eikenberry
Cleve Benedict

Other local racese
52nd District State Representative

PARTIES
Continued from page 1
Evan Bwyh Ouimet had planned their victory
(D-Indiana) party, was empty except for a few
loyal supporters and journalists.
"When everyone thinks we're go-
ing to have a winner or two, the
place is usually packed," said Re-
publican supporter Marty Straub.
"Republicans don't have to have
much of an excuse to have a party,
but these results are not a cause for
much celebration."
The Republicans gathered in
honor of Ford's opponent, Bob
Geake, at the Signature Inn in Can-
ton Township were also subdued last
night.
Tabulated results poured slowly
into the two red, white and blue-
decked rooms packed with almost
300 Republican volunteers, family
members and supporters.
They looked sadly at television
sets that told of a weak showing for
Republican candidates and the large

cheese and crackers served to the
Democrats were not much to get ex-
cited about. However, partiers said
the food wasn't important.
"Republicans may have better
food at their victory parties," said
Mike Russell, Ford's press secretary,
"but Democrats have more fun."
The great Democrat victory is the
culmination of many months of ex-
tensive campaigning, said newly-
elected statehouse Rep. Mary
Schroer at the City Grill on Main
Street where more than 250 local
Democrats stomped their feet and
cheered for victory last night.
"We've had great campaign
managers and excellent volunteers,"
she said.
The Democratic headquarters on
Washington Street have been
crammed full of eager volunteers for
days, said Liz Greer, Democratic
chair for Ann Arbor's 1st Ward. As
many as 200 volunteers walked in
off the street to offer assistance yes-
terday, she added.

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