Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Voting for Change

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Polls opened at 7 am here in Michigan. We arrived at about 7:45. The line stretched out of the church and across the parking lot. This was our first time voting in this city, so we had no way to gauge whether this was a high turnout. But a woman behind us said that in 27 years of voting at this same site, she had never seen anything like it. A poll worker indicated that about a dozen people were waiting for the polls to open at 6:30 am.

The process moved rapidly and efficiently. Voters were excited and chatty. Poll workers were helpful and friendly. The city expected a massive turnout.

Aside from the presidency and other federal elections, Michigan voters also voted on medical marijuana, a partial repeal of a statewide ban on stem cell research, and state judges.


Obama claimed victory in Kent County, which is considered a Republican stronghold and which Bush won by 55,000 votes in 2004.

On ballot measures, Michigan voters also supported stem cell research and the use of marijuana for medical purposes.