Ballot language of Proposal 6 causes confusion among some students
When supply chain management junior Todd Yanick first looked at his absentee ballot, he had to admit, he was pretty confused.
It was not necessarily the candidates and whom he was voting for — as he had made up his mind a while ago — it was understanding and deciding upon the six state ballot proposals.
He said that was the difficult part — especially when it came to Proposal 6 and the future construction of a new international bridge from Detroit to Windsor, Ontario.
“I did (some) research on it for 10 minutes, and I couldn’t find a straight answer,” Yanick said. “… (But) I feel like I figured it out after a while, and I voted no.”
Yanick said he voted against the proposal because to him, it seemed as if it would benefit a private entity more than Michigan citizens.
The wording on this particular proposal was confusing to Yanick.
He said that when he noticed a proposal about the bridge, he automatically thought to vote yes, which is the opposite of how this proposal was worded.
A vote to decline the proposal was a vote in favor of the bridge.
Yanick’s vote sat with the majority of Michiganians, as the proposal failed 60 percent to 40 percent, according to The Associated Press.
Ken Silfven, deputy press secretary for Gov. Rick Snyder, said they were pleased with the margin, and despite any possible confusion, the “truth” came through at the end of the day.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for Michigan,” Silfven said. “It’s great to see that the people have spoken and they want Michigan to keep moving forward.”
Although the proposal failed, there still are a lot of steps to be completed before physical work on the bridge begins, Silfven said.
It could take a year or two before the physical work begins.