In a dramatic turn of events, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers unanimously voted to certify the results of the Nov. 3 election, three hours after that same body was deadlocked in a two-two vote Tuesday night. The reversal comes after public outcry following the board’s initial stalemate.
Washtenaw County reported record levels of voter turnout this election, according to the Washtenaw County elections site.
Roughly 67,986 Ann Arbor residents out of the more than 114,375 registered voters across the city cast a ballot in the election, a voter turnout rate of around 50%. Students also turned out at a rate of around 15% in Ann Arbor, with 7,368 expected student ballots cast.
The Michigan Daily conducted an anonymous survey of more than 1,900 students to understand the political leanings of the student body at the University of Michigan and what issues are most important to them.
The following data was collected from Oct. 16 to Oct. 21. All questions were optional and no personal information about the participants was stored. Results show 96.4% of student respondents said they are planning to vote, with 45.2% being first time voters.
The University of Michigan Central Student Government met over Zoom Tuesday night to discuss community concerns with the Washtenaw County stay-in-place order and MDining’s reopening.
Jarod Taylor, MDining staff member and LSA senior, is a student coordinator who works at South Quad Dining Hall. Taylor is pushing back against the University’s efforts to reopen in-person dining when winter semester begins. He said there has been no communication from the administration on the details of the re-opening.
With classes being offered online this semester, students at the University of Michigan are taking classes from different locations across the country and world, making a significant impact on their college experience.
Business junior Victor Hua is taking classes from his bedroom in Los Angeles this semester. Though taking classes through Zoom makes it easier to participate in smaller groups, Hua said, the recruiting process through the Ross School of Business has been a challenge.
On Thursday afternoon actor and former White House staff member Kal Penn talked to student journalists from across the country as part of a college press junket to talk about his new Freeform series, “Kal Penn Approves this Message” and the upcoming election.
Through the non-partisan show, Penn aims to give a platform to young adult voters to meaningfully engage with the election.
Penn said young voters can come together in support of an issue, across party lines on campus and local levels, to influence not just the presidential race, but to advance other causes as well.
With classes for the fall term starting Monday, research labs are set to welcome students back as well. However, in adherence to social distancing guidelines, the University of Michigan Office of Research has limited research capacity to only 45 percent density during shifts, causing all undergraduate students except seniors to miss out on in-person research experience this semester.
The University of Michigan, in collaboration with the Ann Arbor Police Department, recently announced a plan to manage off-campus student behavior this fall. With classes set to start in a week and students moving back in, some are already partying in off-campus homes.
The University of Michigan Central Student Government and NAACP co-hosted a town hall Tuesday evening to discuss issues such as police brutality, DPSS policy on police officer accountability and concerns regarding campus safety. DPSS executive director Eddie Washington was invited as a guest to weigh in on these policies before the start of the academic year.