The Rapidian

Elections

Where are the votes?

by (TSzakal)

Submitted 07-28-2015 under NEWS

Grand Rapids has over 130,000 registered voters, but the actual act of voting rarely peaks over 80,000 participants within the city limits. Least likely among those participants at the polls are young people and people of color. When asked, the...

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Mayoral candidates answer citizen questions on their role as mayor, representing young voices, City finances

by (Holly)

Submitted 07-28-2015 under NEWS

With just one week left until the Primary elections, with four mayoral candidates on the ballot and the possibility of our next mayor being chosen that day, we’re bringing more questions from our local citizens that were sent to us on July 15...

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Voting 101: Voting rates historically lower in primaries, for young people, black residents

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 07-21-2015 under NEWS

The August 4 Primary Election in Grand Rapids may determine the next mayor of the city. Primary elections typically have a lower voter turnout than general elections, but this also means an individual citizen's vote carries more weight in...

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Voting 101: Getting clear about rights, responsibilities at polls

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 07-14-2015 under NEWS

The City of Grand Rapids will be holding Primary Elections on August 4 and City General Elections on November 3. With the Primaries drawing closer, questions like photo ID requirements, employee rights to leave work and whether or not your...

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Voting 101: Understanding differences between wards, precincts, quadrants, neighborhoods

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 07-07-2015 under NEWS

Grand Rapids has wards, precincts, neighborhoods and quadrants. This can be sometimes be confusing. Understanding what wards and precincts are, and how they differentiate from neighborhoods and quadrants, is important for local elections. Wards are...

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Mayoral debate to combine citizen questions, co-moderator leadership

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 07-07-2015 under NEWS

The Grand Rapids Community Media Center is hosting a mayoral debate on July 15, 2015 at the Wealthy Theater. The mayoral candidates debating are Rosalynn Bliss, Robert Dean, John George and Willard Lee. The...

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Voters must register by July 7, participation encouraged in upcoming elections

by (Kayla Tucker)

Submitted 06-16-2015 under NEWS

Statistically, less people vote in local elections than national elections due to misconceptions on how the vote counts and errors in voter registration. Darlene O’Neal, City Clerk of Grand Rapids, believes that the issue of lack of voting is...

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Mayor answers questions on upcoming elections, more in June City Connection

by (GRTV)

Submitted 06-01-2015 under NONPROFITS

Every month on the first Monday, Mayor Heartwell is open to all questions sent in during his live on-air show "City Connection."  This month, Kayla Tucker, The Rapidian's new city government and politics intern, asked for the mayor's advice on...

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Mayor addresses citizen questions on eve of elections

by (GRTV)

Submitted 11-03-2014 under NONPROFITS

Every month on the first Monday, Mayor Heartwell is open to all questions sent in during his live on-air show "City Connection."  This month, with City Connection landing on the evening before midterm elections, our Community Engagement...

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August vote to decide fate of Kent District Libraries

by (rachelcc)

Submitted 07-28-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

An issue on the ballot affecting the majority of Kent County residents is the Kent District Library millage. KDL depends on millage monies for operations, and this August's ballots will give voters a chance to decide if they want to continue...

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