Live coverage: Election night in Jackson County
8:05
Brian Wheeler: 
Good evening, everyone!
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:05 Brian Wheeler
8:05
Brian Wheeler: 
For the next few hours, we will have election results from Jackson County. Stay with us as we follow races for prosecutor, sheriff, county commission and township positions. We'll also have updates on millage votes for special education, senior services and the Jackson Transportation Authority.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:05 Brian Wheeler
8:07
Brian Wheeler: 
The polls closed at 8 p.m., and we hope to have the first results within the hour. In the meantime, I'd like to encourage you to offer your questions and thoughts about today's election.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:07 Brian Wheeler
8:08
Headed down to the Jackson County Tower building in a few minutes. Feel free to ask me questions and I'll do my best to answer
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:08 LisaSatayut
8:08
Which Jackson County results are you most interested in tonight?
County prosecutor
 ( 19% )
County sheriff
 ( 8% )
Special education millage
 ( 50% )
Senior services millage
 ( 4% )
County commission races
 ( 2% )
Township races
 ( 16% )

Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:08 
8:09
Brian Wheeler: 
We have a team of reporters who will be sharing results all night. Their tweets will be appearing here. You see one from Lisa Satayut already!
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:09 Brian Wheeler
8:10
Brian Wheeler: 
As you see, we created a little poll here. Vote, or comment on which races and results matter the most to you. And I want predictions, too!
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:10 Brian Wheeler
8:11
[Comment From melmel: ] 
Curious about Leoni twp treasurer primary
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:11 mel
8:13
Brian Wheeler: 
No results from Leoni or anywhere yet, of course, but Leoni treasurer is one of a few interesting races in that township. Incumbent Brenda Vreeland, who has been there for one term, faces a challenge from Kevin Cromley in the Democratic primary.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:13 Brian Wheeler
8:13
Brian Wheeler: 
The winner faces Debbie Branham, a Republican, in November. We ran one letter to the editor that said Branham "really knows her stuff." High praise!
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:13 Brian Wheeler
8:13
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Any idea when we will get any preliminary results?
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:13 Guest
8:14
Brian Wheeler: 
Just looked at the Jackson County clerk's website. Nothing doing yet. My guess is that by 8:30 to 8:45, the first results will trickle in.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:14 Brian Wheeler
8:15
Brian Wheeler: 
Results tend to come in slowly for long stretches (which drives us nuts here in the office), then they come flooding in. By 10 p.m., you'll have a really good sense of where most races stand.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:15 Brian Wheeler
8:16
Brian Wheeler: 
Of course, I'm presuming the voting machines work as they should!
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:16 Brian Wheeler
8:17
Brian Wheeler: 
Oh, hey, here's the roster of reporters for the night: Bob Wheaton (@bwheaton5908) will be covering state and congressional races. Leanne Smith (@Gibbychip) will follow the Intermediate School District special education millage.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:17 Brian Wheeler
8:17
Brian Wheeler: 
Lisa Satayut (@LisaSatayut) will cover county commission races and Leoni Township results. Danielle Salisbury (@DanielleMSalis) will focus on the prosecutor and sheriff races.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:17 Brian Wheeler
8:20
Brian Wheeler: 
Just got off the phone with photo editor J. Scott Park, who was at a 6th Ward precinct. Apparently, the millages were leading big-time there. So was Jerry Jarzynka over Allison Bates and Craig Pappin in the high-profile prosecutor's race.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:20 Brian Wheeler
8:21
Brian Wheeler: 
Keep in mind: That's just one ward in Jackson. So, a long ways to go before anything is official.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:21 Brian Wheeler
8:21
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
I saw on wilx there was a very low turnout today
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:21 Guest
8:22
Brian Wheeler: 
No doubt, turnout will be low. My guess is that we'll be lucky to break 20 percent of eligible voters. Turnout was more than 15 percent in 2008, which prompted us to ask today's Question of the Day, why more folks don't vote. :http://www.mlive.com/opinion/jackson/index.ssf/2012/08/question_of_the_day_why_arent.html#incart_river_default
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:22 Brian Wheeler
8:22
[Comment From Steve ASteve A: ] 
Well, Brian, as far as I'm concerned leading in one district (allegedly) is better than losing in one district.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:22 Steve A
8:23
Brian Wheeler: 
Steve: Yes, it is!
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:23 Brian Wheeler
8:23
[Comment From Kevin BKevin B: ] 
The Jarzynka Campaign is having a great time at Key Largo in Summit Township. We like the news in the 6th Ward!
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:23 Kevin B
8:24
Brian Wheeler: 
I'm guessing "Kevin B" is Kevin Brownlow, who works on the Jarzynka team. You picked a good place for a party!
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:24 Brian Wheeler
8:24
[Comment From Bob WheatonBob Wheaton: ] 
Most of the voters I talked to today really weren't excited about the candidates for federal and state office. They said they we frustrated with politics and with both Democrats and Republicans. Some of them mentioned the poor economy.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:24 Bob Wheaton
8:25
Brian Wheeler: 
Bob is sitting right next to me in the office. He was supposed to go to a Republican party featuring U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg and other downtown. The party was called off.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:25 Brian Wheeler
8:25
[Comment From Kevin BKevin B: ] 
Brian you are correct
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:25 Kevin B
8:26
Brian Wheeler: 
We're guessing the downtown Republican party was called off because there's not much of a threat today to Walberg, or to state Reps. Earl Poleski and Mike Shirkey. If any of those three were to lose today, that would be seismic.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:26 Brian Wheeler
8:26
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
I'm curious on the Columbia township supervisor!!! Bob Elrod???? Let's hope!!!
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:26 Guest
8:26
[Comment From AmyAmy: ] 
Looking for results on the Columbia Township Supervisor!!!! Thank You!!!
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:26 Amy
8:28
Brian Wheeler: 
Columbia Township supervisor is one of the night's more interesting races. Bob Elrod is the supervisor. He defeated Ray Kuzminski four years ago. They both are running. So is township trustee Mike Raczkowski. All are Republicans, and no Democrats are running. The winner tonight gets the job.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:28 Brian Wheeler
8:29
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
I really hope the millages go through though
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:29 Guest
8:30
Brian Wheeler: 
The two countywide millages, for senior services and special education, stand to be in pretty good shape. I've heard zero opposition to the senior millage, which is 0.25 mills. The ISD and local schools have a lot riding on the special ed millage, 1.55 mills, but they have been working aggressively to get supporters out -- much more than last year, when a smaller millage failed.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:30 Brian Wheeler
8:30
[Comment From Kevin BKevin B: ] 
In Columbia its going to be either Ray or Mike. Both are very passionate about Columbia Township and would be good for the Township.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:30 Kevin B
8:31
Brian Wheeler: 
Kevin, thanks. My only caveat is that with a three-way primary, anything is possible.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:31 Brian Wheeler
8:31
[Comment From AmyAmy: ] 
Let's hope Bob Elrod defeated them both tonight!!!!! Keeping my fingers crossed!!! ;-)
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:31 Amy
8:31
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
So who's leading in colu
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:31 Guest
8:33
Brian Wheeler: 
We just found some results online, but, frankly, they look screwy. Here's the link we found: http://www.co.jackson.mi.us/Elections/Aug/12Results.asp. Stay tuned. We'll keep checking.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:33 Brian Wheeler
8:33
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Jackson county clerk has posted some early results
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:33 Guest
8:34
Brian Wheeler: 
The report we're seeing claims 19 of 63 precincts are reporting, but vote totals look way too low. Ergh!
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:34 Brian Wheeler
8:34
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Did the 3rd prct voting machine ever become operable?
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:34 Guest
8:35
Brian Wheeler: 
Guest, I have not heard of any problem: What happened?
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:35 Brian Wheeler
8:35
[Comment From KathyKathy: ] 
Very interested in Mileages
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:35 Kathy
8:35
Brian Wheeler: 
Kathy, we get the sense a lot of folks are very interested, too. Just from our little poll here, I see 71 percent of respondents say special ed millage interests them most.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:35 Brian Wheeler
8:35
[Comment From KateKate: ] 
OI am frustrated with our current politics, but the only way to change that is to go out and vote. So you best believe I am out there voting everytime. I even talk to the politicians who are standing outside.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:35 Kate
8:36
Brian Wheeler: 
Kate, you probably are an exception. I find that a lot of folks -- smart, educated people -- don't pay much attention to politics and elections. That said, keep voting. Keep being part of the process! ... OK, getting off the soapbox ....
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:36 Brian Wheeler
8:37
[Comment From Russ De VriesRuss De Vries: ] 
I was looking at the county clerk's site and saw a lot of write in votes, all of which were leading. Kinda a odd.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:37 Russ De Vries
8:38
Brian Wheeler: 
Russ, that reinforces my belief that these first results are a little screwy. We'll ask what's up. Keep in mind, too, that it's verrrry early!
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:38 Brian Wheeler
8:38
[Comment From MelissaMelissa: ] 
Wondering if the 4 incumbents in Henrietta township are going to lose their races to the next generation...
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:38 Melissa
8:38
[Comment From Art BArt B: ] 
Any results on the Henrietta Twp Supervisor race?
Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:38 Art B
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