Osceola County voters say “no” to marijuana proposal

November 8, 2018

By John Raffel

Three statewide proposals were all passed for Michigan voters, but only one got a majority positive vote in Osceola County during Tuesday’s midterm election.

On Proposal 1 for legalizing recreational marijuana, there were 5,201 no votes in Osceola County and 4,190 yes votes. Proposal 2 was voted down by county voters 5,013-4,188. But proposal 3 was approved 5,014-4,266.

Proposal 2 was a proposed constitutional amendment to establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress every 10 years.

Proposal 3 was to authorize automatic and election day voter registration, no reason absentee voting and straight ticket voting, and added current legal requirements for military and overseas voting and postelection audits.

In the governor’s race, county voters favored Republican Bill Schuette over Democrat Gretchen Whitmer 6,098-2,901. County voters favored Republican John James over Democrat Debbie Stabenow 6,186-2,934 for U.S. Senator.

For Fourth District Congressional rep. It was Republican Jon Molenaar over Democrat Jerry Hilliard 6,663-2,560. For state senator, it was Republican Curt VanderWall over Democrat Mike Taillard 6,504-2,413. For state house rep, Republican Jason Wentworth beat Celia Young-Wenkel 3,440-1,346 in the 97th district and Republican Michele Hoitenga topped Dion Adams 3,090-1,153 in the 102nd district.

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