Detroit Free Press

Posted by Detroit Free Press on September 06, 2012 in News Clips

State Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Detroit was one of the few Michiganders to get a spotlight at the Democratic National Convention, but there were probably very few people still awake enough to see her moment.

Tlaib, who proclaimed “I’m the first Muslim elected to the Michigan legislature,” cast Michigan’s 203 votes for President Barack Obama shortly before midnight Wednesday.

It appeared that many, if not most, of the delegates had already left the Time Warner Cable Arena by the time Michigan’s turn in the roll call of states came around.

But C-Span still faithfully broadcast the moment. And while many states’ representatives gave an ad nauseum history of their state, Tlaib’s comments were among the shortest of the roll call.

High costs, low turnout

Turnout for the 11th congressional special primary race Wednesday were, as expected, pathetic.

About 7% of the voters in the district — 6.9% in Oakland County and 7.1% in Wayne County — cast ballots in the race that was won by Republican Kerry Bentivolio, a former teacher from Milford.

The price tag for the race that only attracted 36,559 voters? $650,000 for the two counties and the communities in the district. That comes down to $17.77 per vote.

Oakland County Clerk Bill Bullard plans to send a bill to the state, hoping for reimbursement for the special primary, which was held to fill the vacancy created when U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter quit his job amidst a scandal surrounding fraudulent petitions his campaign turned in to get on the ballot.

But as they say in the movies, don’t hold your breath when someone tells you “the check’s in the mail.” Gov. Rick Snyder has said there’s no special appropriation available for such things.



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