.ampus supports vice president
The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 8, 2000 -7
y Yael Kohen
)aily Staff Reporter
A majority of voters in Ann Arbor supported Gore
nd helped the vice president win Michigan's 18 clec-
Early returns indicated 34 percent of Washtenaw
>unty voters headed to the polls yesterday, with many
ents on campus standing in long lines for the
hance to cast their ballot.
Sixty percent of those votes went to the Democratic
First-year Law student Shauna Fulbright said she
'oted a straight Democratic ticket.
"The party seems to do more for me and deals with
pore of the issues I believe in," she said, adding that
er political views have been shaped by her parents.
My parents are strong in their political views"
A native of Illinois, Fulbright didn't vote in all the
es. "I don't want to affect people's lives too much
t have been going to school here for five years. ... I
don't want to increase people's taxes."
First-year Law student Roxanne Wilson was excited
to vote for the first time - she even took pictures of
the whole process as she voted at the Michigan Union.
Wilson, who did not disclose who she voted for, said
making her decision was difficult. In fact, she settled
on a presidential decision 10 minutes before she went
into the voting booth. "It was kind of hard to make a
decision when you know you're deciding the fate of
the country for four years," she said.
The candidates' policies on the economy, Wilson
said, was one issue that was key in making her deci-
sion. But she said on other issues, Bush and Gore were
"regurgitating" the same messages.
Engineering senior Muhamed Halilovic, a native of
Bosnia-Herzegovina, just received his citizenship and
voted for Bush and Sen. Spence Abraham.
"Coming from Bosnia I didn't have as much free-
dom for voting," Halilovic said, adding that he believes
"everybody has a duty to vote if you want to partici-
pate in a society"
Halilovic said he considered voting for Gore but the
vice president didn't seem so "appealing."
Engineering freshman Michelle Farrell said voting
is very important to her. "I wouldn't have not voted,"
said Farrell, who cast a Democratic ballot.
"I just think a lot of of their issues are what I agree
with and what I stand for," she said, adding that the
presidential debates helped her make her decision,
though she admits she leans Democratic anyway.
LSA sophomore Amit Dharmani waited 20 minutes
in line to vote. Dharmani, who voted Democratic, said
he didn't vote in 1999, but "wanted to vote this time"
Although Dharmani said he left many parts of the
ballot blank because he didn't know about many of the
candidates, he said he did like the vice president.
"I like (Gore's) ideas I feel like he is more of a nor-
mal person," Dharmani said. Dharmani said he views
himself as an independent voter. "I'm whatever I like
better. I'm not a Democrat or Republican," he said.
"Everybody has time. It took me 20 minutes here,
10 minutes to do research."
NORMAN NG/ Daily
Election Inspector Rachel Smart (left) prepares GSA senior Kate Sablosky to vote
in the Michigan Union yesterday.
Voters defeat school vouchers proposal
DETROIT (AP) - A ballot proposal
requiring poorly performing school districts
to offer vouchers for students to use at private
and parochial schools was defeated over-
whelmingly yesterday after one of the most
expensive political campaigns in state history.
Exit polling showed the measure failed
despite millions of dollars' worth of cam-
paign ads and the support of a coalition of
lichigan state Sen. Dianne Byrum, right, Democratic 8th
Aistrict congressional candidate, speaks to local media at
IAW Local 652 Union Hall yesterday.
Dioy nistrict race
DETROIT (AP) - State Sens. Dianne Byrum and Mike
Zogers battled to win the election yesterday in mid-Michi-
an's 8th congressional district, a seat that both parties have
ocused on in trying to control the U.S. House.
Byrum declared victory early today based on what her
campaign said were better-
U.S. House than-expected margins of victo-
8th District ry in traditionally Democratic
Byrum Dem. 108,152 Ingham County.
Byers GOP 108,002 "We were talking about what
As of :P n, was important to the families
and blacks con-
cerned about the
children are getting
The exit poll -
based on inter---
views with voters
as they left
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Corp.) President Dick DeVos and his wife
Betsy, former head of the state Republican
Voucher opponents included GOP Gov.
John Engler, Republican U.S. Sen. Spence
Abraham and a coalition of teachers unions,
school administrators and Democrats
including former Gov. James Blanchard.
The proposal would have required school
districts whose four-year graduation rate
was lower than two-thirds in 1998-99 to
give students attending them a chance to
move to private or parochial schools with
vouchers worth S3,300 - half the per-pupil
grant to public schools.
Ads paid for by voucher supporters did
not resonate with voters, said Laura Wotru-
ba, spokeswoman for the group opposing
vouchers, ALL Kids First!
"Their ads did not focus on the very heart
of their proposal," she said. "They tried to
make it into a teacher testing proposal, and
it wasn't about that. It was about school
Wotruba said she hopes the issue is fin-
ished in the state.
"People realize that this is not for kids in
Michigan. It takes money away from our
local public schools. It's another loud and
clear message to people who back school
vouchers that people do not want that."
precincts - was conducted by Voter News
Service, a partnership of The Associated
Press and the ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox and
NBC television networks.
Proposal 00-1 supporters told voters the
measure would save poor children in failing
school districts, while opponents said it
would harm public education throughout
Supporters included conservative Repub-
licans led by Alticor Inc. (formerly Amway
Greg McNeilly, spokesman for Kids
First! Yes! - the group backing the propos-
al -- said the voucher issue would not go
away, and hoped its proponents would work
in the future to line up bipartisan support.
"We think in the future we will have
stronger party leadership from both sides of
the aisle,"he told Detroit radio station WW.I.
Proposal 2 fails
Michigan voters appeared overwhelming-
ly against a proposal that would make it
harder for the state to restrict local govern-
ment authority. With 29 percent of precincts
reporting, 69 percent oppose the proposal
and 31 percent are for it.
Under Proposal 00-2, the Legislature
would need a tvo-thirds vote, not the usual
simple majority, to pass any bill that would
restrict or eliminate local government
"People realize that this is not for kids in
Michigan. It takes money away from our local
- Laura Wotruba
Spokeswoman for ALL Kids First!
It would apply to laws enacted on or after
March 1, 2000, including a ban on local res-
idency requirements and a requirement that
trigger locks be sold with handguns. Those
laws would have to be passed again, this
time by a two-thirds majoity in the House
"Voters clearly understood this proposal,
and they rejected the Michigan Municipal
League's plan for uncontrolled local govern-
ment," said Rich Studley, vice president of
the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and a
proposal opponent. "A lot of issues should
be decided on the local level, but there are a
lot more state and regional issues that can
and should be decided in Lansing."
Donald Stypula, spokesman for the Let
Local Votes Count campaign and the
Municipal League, said he was disappointed
with the vote but satisfied that the issue of
local control has been brought to light.
Republicans on track to keep state House majority
of this district and what I was
Wing to do as their representative, their voice, that made
he difference in this race,' she said from her victory party
Republican Gov. John Engler dismissed Byrum's claim
ind predicted that Rogers, a former FBI agent from Howell
end the second-ranking Republican in the state Senate,
"It's amazing," Engler said. "I know everybody's operat-
on the basis of these exit polls. I'm reacting to what I'm
Bing told is the actual vote at the precinct level."
As of 3:30 a.m., Byrum, a hardware store owner and
noderate Democrat from rural Onondaga, had a 150-vote
lead, 108,152 to 108,002.
That amounted to 49 percent for each.
DETROIT (AP) - Though many votes
remained to be counted early today, Democ-
ratic and Republican House leaders said it
appeared that Republicans have won their
first back-to-back majorities in the House
since the 1960s.
HIouse Speaker Chuck Perricone (R-Kala-
mazoo Township) said the Republicans
were able to retake the House in consecutive
sessions for the first time since 1960 and
1962 by focusing on constituents.
"We focused on getting out to voters in an
off-year and that means knocking on doors
from the day you are elected," Perricone said
from a Republican party at the Michigan
Chamber of Commerce in Lansing.
He also attributed the Republicans' stay-
ing power to getting bills signed into law,
rather than merely moving them to the state
Senate for consideration.
Going into yesterday's elections, Republi-
cans held a 58-52 edge in the House, the
governor's office and majorities in the Sen-
ate and the state Supreme Court.
Democrats needed to win four more seats
to regain the House majority and get a say
in how congressional and legislative district
lines are drawn next year after the 2000 cen-
sus is counted. Redistricting could decide
which party holds the most power for the
Minority Leader Michael Hanley (D-Sag-
inaw) said he is certain the Republicans will
redraw district lines next year to favor their
Hanley attributed his party's failure to
retake the House to a presidential race that
did not provide any coattails for state offices
and losing the House majority in 1998.
"Well, this all started in 1998," Hanley
said. "We didn't have the advantage of
incumbency. There's not much more to say.",
Perricone and Hanley could not run again
because of term limits.
Dozens of House incumbents held off
challengers yesterday, including Republican
Rep. Lauren Hager of Port Huron, who beat
his Democratic attorney Dave Oppliger, to
represent the 81st District for a second two-
With 100 percent of precincts reporting,
Hager received 13,451 votes, or 56 percent.
Oppliger received 10,696, or 44 percent.
The Port Huron seat had been targeted by
Democrats and featured a number of nega-
tive campaign ads, including one newspaper
ad that poked fun at the incumbent's envi-
ronmental record, calling him "Hager the
Other incumbents also faced a tough re-
election. Muskegon Republican Rep. Gerald
Van Woerkom was leading his opponent,
Democrat Steve Habetler, with 86 percent of
precincts reporting in the 63rd District. Van
Woerkom had 17,522, or 54 percent of the
vote, and Habetler had 14,914, 46 percent.
With 36 of 43 precincts reporting in the
94th District, Republican Rep. Jim Howell
was leading hairdresser and Birch Run
Township trustee Cheryl Hadsall with 61
percent of the vote. Howell had 21,169
votes and Hadsall got 13,405.
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