Voters Stay Away

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Despite a wave of patriotism since the 9-11 terrorists attacks, that has not translated to more voter participation in local school elections on Monday.

It's estimated that only about 5 percent of the registered voters will bother to vote.

Some groups claim the low turnout is good reason to eliminate these summer elections and combine them with election dates that draw more citizens. But that consolidation legislation has been stalled in Lansing for over four years as local schools board continue to oppose it.

Those boards claim rolling school elections into the primary and general elections will push school issues off the political radar screen. Backers of the measure claim it is better to have those issues decided by more voters than the handful that will show up.

Generally when there are school millage issues on the ballot turnout is higher but even with that election officials says long lines are a rarity.