Bonds attract voters

A steady flow of voters kept election workers busy Tuesday.
Krystle Wagner
Nov 6, 2013

Throughout the day, 5,171 out of 20,388 registered voters cast ballots in the cities of Ferrysburg and Grand Haven, and the Spring Lake school district.

Grand Haven Township didn’t hold an election this year.

About 14.4 percent of Ottawa County registered voters went to the polls Tuesday, as 13,600 ballots were cast out of 94,483 registered voters.

Ottawa County Elections Coordinator Justin Roebuck said local municipalities had moderate turnouts for millage proposals and contested races. He said general city and off-year elections typically experience a lighter turnout.

Last year’s presidential election helped draw about 70 percent of Ottawa County voters to the polls. The Tri-Cities saw a 94 percent turnout in November 2012, or 24,654 out of 26,193 registered voters.

Twenty-three percent of Ferrysburg's 2,388 registered voters on Tuesday considered a proposed 0.5-mill bike path millage and voted for the city’s mayor and three council members (all unopposed). About 16 percent of Ferrysburg voters, or 380, cast ballots in the November 2011 city elections.

Ferrysburg City Clerk Debbie Wierenga said more residents turned out Tuesday than she had anticipated. A steady flow of voters went to the city’s lone precinct throughout the day.

“It’s a happier turnout,” Wierenga said of this year’s millage compared to other election years.

Voters in the Spring Lake school district narrowly defeated a $59.8 million bond proposal, with 3,701 ballots cast.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.




Anything to attract the voters, they will try. They have been pretty keen on what to do to attract voters. - Aldo Disorbo

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