Michigan candidates come to a head Tues, Nov. 4

Some general facts for voting in the general election
Lily Petit
Staff Writer

Yard signs, biting political commercials and phone polls are bringing the general election to the eyes and ears of Michigan residents.
The general election is less than two weeks away which means candidates are pushing harder than ever to win over the undecided voters.
Rick Snyder, republican, is up for re-election. Mark Schauer, former U.S. Representative, is the democratic candidate for Governor.
According to nonpartisan voter guides created by social and political activist Paul Loeb and his team,
Rick Snyder supports
• Increasing funding for higher education
• Increasing minimum wage
• Highly restricting abortions
Rick Snyder does not support
• Legalizing marijuana
• Legalizing gay marriage
Mark Schauer supports
• Increasing funding for higher education
• Increasing minimum wage
• Legalizing gay marriage
Mark Schauer does not support
• Highly restricting abortions
Mark Schauer is also open to the decriminalization of marijuana.
Mary Buzuma, Libertarian, Mark McFarlin, U.S. Taxpayers party, and Paul Homeniuk, Green Party, are also running for governor. To find more information on these candidates, Becky Lubbers, SC4 political science professor, suggests votesmart.org.
The general election will also cover voting for the State Senate, Secretary of State, Attorney General, state proposals, county specific elections and more.
Gary Peters, democrat, is a U.S. Representative running for the State Senate. Peters is running against Terri Lynn Land, republican and former Michigan Secretary of State.
According to nonpartisan voter guides created by Paul Loeb, social and political activist, and his team,
Gary Peters supports
• Increasing minimum wage
• Legalizing gay marriage
Gary Peters does not support
• Highly restricting abortions
Terri Lynn Land supports
• Increasing minimum wage, but not to the proposed $10.10 per hour.
• Highly restricted abortions
Terri Lynn Land does not support
• Legalizing gay marriage
Candidates also running for State Senate include, Jim Fulner, Libertarian, Richard Matkin, U.S. Taxpayers and Chris Wahmhof, Green Party.
Delani Thibodeau, 19, president of the Marketing and Management club will be voting in the 2014 general election. Thibodeau thinks everyone should vote, “especially women since we haven’t always had the right. We are the future of this country. We need to be more proactive,” added Thibodeau.
Becky Lubbers, SC4 political science professor of 12 years, says students can have a significant impact in the polls. Lubbers encourages students to vote saying, “it is both your right and your responsibility. You pay taxes. You drive on the roads. You breathe the air and drink the water. In a world where more and more people are literally fighting, laying their lives on the line in the cause of freedom and democracy, you live in a country where it is your birthright.”
The general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 4. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voter identification cards show your precinct and polling location.
If you do not have a card you can find the information at the Michigan Voter Information Center at Michigan.gov/vote.
A valid form of ID is required to vote.

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