The 2018 gubernatorial election comes in the midst of a partisan landscape, where exercising your right to vote is crucially important. As 2020 looms, state and local decisions must be made. Here are the details on the 2018 ballot, so you can be informed when you head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Proposal 1

Voters can decide whether to legalize the possession, use and cultivation of marijuana by individuals who are 21 and older. If passed, the proposal will allow individuals to keep 10 ounces at residences, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants. A state licensing system to regulate businesses will be created, and municipalities will be allowed to ban or restrict them. Marijuana will be taxed at 10 percent, which will benefit “implementation costs, clinical trials, schools, roads,” according to this year’s ballot.

Proposal 2

This proposal calls for an amendment to establish a citizen committee who can adopt district boundaries or the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress every decade. If passed 13 registered voters will be randomly selected by the Secretary of State.

Proposal 3

On Election Day, those casting their ballots can decide on automatic voter registration, no-reason absentee voting and straight ticket voting.


Governor and Lieutenant Governor  

Bill Schuette: The lawyer and current Attorney General of Midland, Michigan, won the Republican majority in August. His campaign has focused on opposing Proposition 2, job creation and cutting taxes.

Lisa Posthumos Lyons


Gretchen Whitmer: The former Michigan Senator and state representative won all 83 counties in the state, a first for a Democratic Party primary winner. Whitmer is known for her support of women’s rights, sexual assault prevention, infrastructure and education.

Garlin D. Gilchrist II


Four minority party candidates are also on the ballot.


Secretary of State

Mary Treder Lang, Republican

Dana Nessel, Democratic

Two additional minority party candidates.


Attorney General

Tom Leonard, Republican


Dana Nessel, Democratic

Three additional minority party candidates.


United States Senator

John James, Republican


Debbie Stabenow, Democratic


Three additional minority party candidates.


Representatives in Congress: 6th District

Fred Upton, Republican


Matt Longjohn, Democratic


One additional minority party candidates.


State Senator: 20th District

Margaret E. O'Brien, Republican


Sean McCann, Democratic


One additional minority party candidates.



Representatives in State Legislative: 60th District

William Baker, Republican 

Jon Hoadley, Democratic 


Voters will also have the opportunity to cast their vote for the State Board of Education, trustees for several universities, several county commission seats and several circuit court seats. For more details on your ballot, view a sample on the Michigan Secretary of State website.

On Election Day, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Bernhard Center is often the polling place for those that live on or close to campus, but confirm your polling place on the City of Kalamazoo website.

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