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Voters cast final ballots for midterm races

Voters head to the polls today with a myriad of high-profile races and ballot issues on the line.

Statewide, the offices of Michigan’s governor, attorney general and secretary of state are on the ballot, while a trio of ballot issues seek to alter term limits, expand voting rights and decide whether the right to an abortion should be placed in the state’s constitution.

Locally, Livingston County voters will decide a countywide millage request for Livingston County Veterans Services, with more than half-a-dozen community-level proposals including a controversial request for recreational marijuana facilities in Brighton.

Voters in Livingston County will also be key to deciding who will it will be represent by in Congress for the new 7th District, which is centered on Lansing, but includes all of Livingston County. Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin is being challenged in her bid for re-election by Republican state Sen. Tom Barrett. The race has been one of the most expensive in the country with a reported $37 million spent between both campaigns. Libertarian Leah Dailey of South Lyon is also on the ballot.

Also to be decided are the various state legislative districts, with three state House races on the line. In the 48th District, Republican Jason Woolford of Howell, Democrat Jennifer Conlin and Green Party candidate Eric Borregard are vying for the seat, while in the 49th District, incumbent Republican Ann Bolin is being challenged by Democrat Christina Kafkakis and in the 50th District, Republican incumbent Bon Bezotte is being challenged by Democrat Glen Miller.

Meanwhile, the race for the 22nd state Senate seat has Democrat Jordan Genso challenging incumbent Republican Lana Theis.

There are also school board races in the Brighton, Fowlerville, Hartland, Howell and Pinckney districts, plus a myriad of municipal board seats.

A complete listing of the races and proposals affecting Livingston County can be found on the county clerk’s website.

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