Michigan’s Midterm Election

Erin Koscielski, Photo Editor

This year on November 6,  Michigan voters will have the opportunity to vote on several hot topics. From choosing the Governor to legalizing marijuana, voters will face difficult choices at the polls.

One of the most popular topics of discussion is the legalization of marijuana. If the proposal does not pass, the laws regarding marijuana will stay the same. However, if the proposal passes marijuana will be legalized with some restrictions.

First of all, one will need to be 21 years of age or older to legally be in possession of the drug. This means any form of marijuana, including edibles.

Second, there will be a limit on how much marijuana a person is allowed to have in their possession. The legal limit will be ten ounces, and anything more than 2.5 ounces must be secured in a locked container.

Third, businesses that sell marijuana will need a permit to sell the drug. There will also be a 10% tax on any form of marijuana. Several violations will also need to be changed.

There is also a proposal for redistricting this year. If the proposal passes new district lines will be drawn out. However, instead of politicians choosing where the lines are drawn, voters will get to choose the new districts.

The third proposal is about automatic registration of voting. Anyone who is renewing a driver’s license or an identification card and is over the age of 18 years old, will be automatically registered to vote in the state of Michigan.

The proposal will also allow voters to get an absentee ballot without needing a reason for one. This will allow voters to vote early and not have to deal with the long lines and the feeling of being judged at the polls. Also included in the ballot is the ability to cast a straight-ticket vote for candidates.

Voters will also have to pick their choice for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. The candidates are the following:

Bill Schuette and Lisa Posthumus Lyons from the Republican party.

Gretchen Whitmer and Garlin D. Gilchrist II from the Democratic party.

Bill Gelineau and Angelique Chaiser Thomas from the Libertarian party.

Todd Schleiger and Earl P. Lackie from the party of the U.S. Taxpayers.

Jennifer V. Kurland and Charin H. Davenport from the Green party.

Keith Butkovich and Raymond Warner from the Natural Law party.

Voters will also choose a new Attorney General. The candidates are Tom Leonard from the Republican party, Dana Nessel from the Democratic party, Lisa Lane Gioia from the Libertarian party, Gerald T. Van Sickle from the party of the U.S. Taxpayers, and Chris Graveline who is running as an independant.

There are also several people running for a spot as a United States Senator. The candidates are John James from the Republican party, Debbie Stabenow from the Democratic party, George E. Huffman III from the party of the U.S. Taxpayers, Marcia Squier from the Green party, and John Howard Wilhelm from the Natural Law party.

Along with a senator there are several people hoping to become a representative in congress. The candidates are Paul Mitchell from the Republican party, Kimberly Bizon from the Democratic party, Harley Mikkelson from the Green party, and Jeremy Perusk who is running as an independant.

Then there are the people running for State Senator. The candidates are Michael MacDonald from the Republican party, Henry Yanez from the Democratic party, and Mike Saliba from the Libertarian party.