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Comments from the Chair
The polls have closed. The votes have been counted. The people have spoken!
We should express our thanks and appreciation to the local, regional, and state-wide candidates who did not get the most votes on Tuesday. They all ran good campaigns that were focused on meeting and listening to the challenges and issues that were most meaningful to their voters. They all made their opponents engage with the voters and work harder to win. By the way, all the local and regional candidates that finished as runners-up have graciously conceded to the winners. This is the way it should be done in a true democracy where the vote tally is the voice of the people and the deciding factor.
John Helge Congratulations should then be given to those who ended up with the most votes. Hopefully they will accept the reality that they will be expected to actively
participate in a government that serves all the people in their districts not just those who may have voted for them or those that have pledged allegiance to their political party or their cult leader. This realization is what true representative democracy is all about! All voters should now be actively engaged in monitoring the action or inaction of those they voted for and holding them accountable to working for the greater good for all people that they represent.
I had the opportunity to observe our democracy in action on election day as I visited the polling places in Manistee County. At every location I observed our friends and neighbors serving as dedicated poll workers who diligently followed the rules and best practices to make the voting process safe, secure, and fair for the 13, 280 Manistee County voters who
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participated in this election. The township and city clerks did an outstanding job training their poll workers and supporting them with the resources they needed to effectively do their important jobs. I also saw voters patiently standing in line to take their turn casting their votes. Many young parents had their children along to experience the voting process which is another good sign that our fragile democracy has a bright future! Due to excellent preparation, planning, the availability of absentee ballots, and early in-person voting the lines were typically not more than 30 minutes long. Everyone who showed up got a ballot and saw their vote counted!
On a state-wide and national level, it was gratifying to see voters reject candidates who were willing to embrace the endorsement of an egotistical, bullying cult leader who threatened to abolish our democratic form of government. The disgraced former President now has the additional legacy of backing over 330 losing candidates in 2022 as well as losing the White House, the Senate, and the House in 2020. This week’s election results more than anything else should help the Republican Party decide to return to normality and reject the lunacy of the past six years. This “recovering Republican Party” may not find it easy to win in the future. There are new organizations, new connections, new voters, and new efforts to remake this country better than it has ever been. The failed efforts of the MAGA radicals to suppress voting, gerrymander the country, spread wild conspiracy theories, and take away our right to choose our leaders indicates we voters are far more powerful than we may have believed we were!
Finally, Proposal 3 passed in Michigan with a significant margin. This amendment to the Michigan constitution will simply restore a woman’s right to choose that she had when Roe v Wade was in precedence over the last 50 years. Michigan women will now be able to consult with and make important and critical reproductive health care decisions with their physicians and both parties will not have to be concerned about repercussions from an outdated or overly restrictive law. This result clearly illustrates the power of truth over lies. Michigan voters
John Helge is a veteran U.S. Army officer and has recently retired after a 40-year career leading technical sales teams focused on the challenges of industrial water and energy sustainability. He is currently serving as chairperson of the Manistee County Democratic Party. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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