Saturday, January 12, 2008

Email Update from the Michigan Republican Party

I got this email yesterday from the state party regarding the upcoming primary in MICHIGAN ON JANUARY 15.
All your questions will be answered here.

Victory Update :: News from the Michigan Republican Party


On Tuesday, one million Michiganians - or more - will head to the polls to vote for their candidate to be the next president of the United States. That's more than the number of people who voted in the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire Primary combined.

Michigan is positioned to be a make-or-break state for Republican candidates. Michigan is a better test of a candidate's general election appeal than most of the early primary states. Michigan is a perennial bellwether political state. Its citizenry is extremely diverse and it has a long tradition of independent-minded voters. A Republican who does well in Michigan will do well across the country.

The early states set the tone and tenor of the primary elections. That is why I pushed so hard to move up Michigan's GOP Primary. With our single-state recession, higher-than-average unemployment, recent population losses, and the largest tax increase in state history that Governor Granholm recently shoved down our throats, Michigan faces unique economic challenges the next president must help address. Making sure the Republican contenders spend time in Michigan getting to know its people and issues will make sure we have a friend in the White House next January.

American Spectator Editor Bill Kristol said Michigan will be "ground zero" for Republicans seeking the nomination. You can hear his interview with WJR-AM's Frank Beckmann here. Political pundit and former President Clinton advisor Dick Morris told FOX News Channel that Michigan will determine who is the GOP presidential nominee.


The best way to defeat Senator Clinton and the Democrats is to get out and vote for one of our Republican candidates for president. A strong GOP turnout will energize the grassroots and will show that Michigan will be a state to be reckoned with come November.

You can find out where you vote by visiting the Michigan Secretary of State's Web site at

Voters across America are repudiating Senator Clinton and the Democrats rhetoric of retreat, pessimism, and blaming America for the world's troubles. All of the Republican candidates on the Michigan ballot have a better vision for American than Senator Clinton and the Democrat also-rans who want to be Commander-In-Chief.


It will be hard to go anywhere in Michigan in the next few days without running into a Republican presidential candidate.

The GOP candidates have released full and vigorous Michigan campaign schedules through Primary Night. We are witnessing history in the making and this is our chance to be part of it.

I will be attending many campaign visits and stops over the next few days and I look forward to seeing you there. For an up-to-date calendar of MI GOP Primary Events, visit our website at


Q: When and where will the election be held?
A: Tuesday, Jan. 15 at all normal polling locations. To locate your polling location, visit Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Q: Who is administering this election?
A: This is a state-run primary election and will be administered by county, township and city clerks.

Q: Can I vote by absentee ballot?
A: Yes - per Michigan law, if you expect to be out of town, are age 60 or over, or are disabled, unable to vote without assistance at the polls, are in jail awaiting arraignment or trial, unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons, or are appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence, you may vote by absentee ballot.

Simply call your city or township clerk to request an absentee ballot application.

Q: I've heard people refer to this as a "closed" election - do I have to register with either party in order to vote?
A: No, party registration is not required. When you arrive at your polling location you will request either a Republican or a Democrat ballot and a record will be kept as to which ballot you requested. You can only vote in the Republican primary or the Democrat primary - not both. You vote will be kept private as in all elections.

Q: Which candidates will appear on the Republican ballot?
A: Nine Republicans will appear on the ballot: Sam Brownback, Rudy Giuliani, Duncan Hunter, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Tom Tancredo. Please note: the ballots were printed prior to the date that Sam Brownback and Tom Tancredo dropped out of the race. There is also the option of voting for "uncommitted," which is a vote to send to uncommitted delegates to the National Convention.


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