In Rochester Hills, 1 in 4 Registered Voters Turned Out for Tuesday Primary

In two local precincts, voters said 'no' to DIA millage question.

What inspires people to get out to vote?

On Tuesday, Rochester and Rochester Hills voters went to the polls to support their favorite state House of Representative candidate and their favorite regional art museum, according to an informal poll on the Rochester Patch Facebook page

In Rochester Hills, voter turnout was 25.3 percent, just below the Oakland County turnout of 25.69 percent. In Rochester, voter turnout was 21.7 percent. 

At least one Patch reader put the right to vote into perspective:

"Even when the ballot seems light, I always vote," wrote Jen Petrotta. "I want my girls to know that civic duty is always worth it, especially as a woman and as the granddaughter of a WWII vet who has always taught me that freedom is never free.

"I have the freedom to vote and so I vote."

Here are a few numbers to note from Tuesday's primary election:

  • In two Rochester Hills precincts, the Oakland County Art Authority millage failed, even though it passed countywide. In Precinct 5, located between Dequindre and John R and Hamlin and Auburn, the vote was 198 yes, 216 no. In Precinct 16, which is between South and Auburn and Rochester and Livernois, the vote was 169 yes, 208 no. 
  • In Rochester, voters overwhemingly supported the art millage — the vote was almost 2 to 1 in favor of the question.
  • In Oakland County, 3.4 percent of voters cast an invalid ballot — according to election rules, you cannot split your primary ballot between Democrat and Republican parties. In Rochester Hills, 3 percent of voters cast a crossover ballot. In Rochester, it was 3.4 percent.

Here's a look at the votes cast: 

Republican Democrat Non-partisan Crossover Rochester 1259 723 129 76 Rochester Hills 7956 4279 781 402 Oakland County 124,554 98,127 13,530 7,958


Michele Manhire August 09, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I'm not sure what makes me more saddened for my fellow citizenry... the fact that so few took the effort to do their civic responsibility, or that so many who did vote still don't understand HOW to vote in a primary. Seriously people?! Next time I hear anyone griping about this city, county, state or country, my FIRST response is going to be, "Did you vote in the last election?", and that will be the end of that, more often than not I fear. Whether or not I agree with the outcome of an election, I know I "had my say", and did my part in making change happen!
Tabassum Halim August 09, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Well sais Michele.
Daryl Patrishkoff August 09, 2012 at 07:33 PM
This was a Primary Vote, just by the name of this voting event it attracts only the party faithful. It is traditionally a low turnout and this data proves that point. If you think about it the title, the main focus is to select who will run in November, why would a large percentage of voters want to come out? I see a real pattern, it is a problem when our elected officials decide to put in tax increase proposals on these low turnout Primary Votes. These proposals do not even meet the title of this voting event; it is called a Primary Vote, not a proposal vote. Knowing this history and behavior our elected officials put controversial proposals with very misleading wordings in the Primary Votes; it is a better chance to sneak in issues. These actions are disingenuous and they need to be called out on it. I believe our elected officials should get both sides of the proposal out to the decision makers, the voters, when most show up for election events. It is very clear in both proposals that passed were misleading with their wording and put in a Primary Vote for a reason. Why not ask these important decisions in the general election in November when we will have a large turn out? This is politics as usual, that needs to change and we need to hold our elected officials accountable to us, by the way they work for us. I will not accept politics as usual, will you? The sleeping giant is waking up!
Marianne August 09, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Every election is important. As an independent voter,I never even considered that only party faithful would be the only ones to turn out. I also think putting the proposals on this ballot makes sense, since there is so much to vote on in November; I think of it as more of a local issues election. Why should it matter what ballot they are on-if people care, they will take time to vote. These issues certainly were not hidden! I personally found both proposals clear, since I study them before I go to the polls, not when I am in the polling booth. I really don't get the paranoia out there-just do your homework, and if you don't like something, VOTE.
Daryl Patrishkoff August 09, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Marianne, You and I are in the minority, we will vote every time there is an opportunity to have our voice heard. However many do not, just look at the traditional percentages that show up at Primary Votes to see the pattern. All I am saying is our politicians know this and continue to put on controversial proposals in these Primary Votes, better chance to get them passed. Forget the words they say, look at their actions to see what they really are doing. I understood the proposals too, but our tax dollars mailed us a flyer that was a distorted picture, that is misleading the public with our tax dollars. They should be held accountable for that action. They need to give both sides of the story to the decision makers and let them decide, not play political games.


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