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What Michigan voters have to say about 2012 races

Associated Press Modified: November 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012

Across Michigan, people are casting votes for dozens of races, including the White House, Senate, Congress and six highly-contentious ballot proposals. Here's what they're saying about why they cast their votes:

— "He's going to take the country in the right direction," said John Robinson, 38, a Lansing resident who works for an engineering firm and voted for President Barack Obama.

— "My values lined up with Mitt Romney," Wayne Humphrey, 61, of Lansing, who said he voted a straight Republican ticket. "I believe in the sanctity of marriage, and so does he. I'm a Christian. I vote my values."

— "I didn't like Mr. Romney's views. To me, he's not the answer. He's flip-flopping all the time," said Sharon Oakley, 49, a Jamaican-born Lansing resident voting in her second U.S. election.

— "As a Christian, that's an important issue for me," Kimber Lawrence, 51, said of abortion while going to vote in Lansing. "Obama is for it, and I just can't support that."

— "I really don't like Mitt Romney," said Wayne Deyo, a 22-year-old carpenter and first-time presidential voter from Livonia. "He's anti-union, and my whole family is union."

— "I just feel like I'd rather lower government spending, decrease the size of government," said Matthew Yaari, 23, of West Bloomfield Township, northwest of Detroit, on why he voted for Romney. "I really didn't think there was a huge difference between the two, but I gave the edge to Romney."

— "My husband is a business owner, and I think that he's going to benefit the next four years. I don't think Obama was able to follow through," said Michelle Gersin, 38, of West Bloomfield Township who cast her ballot for Romney. "This is for my household. If Obama was in town, I'd love to sit down and chat with him."

— "The governor should be able to step in," said Rodney Allen, 41, an information technology engineer from Wayne County's Canton Township who voted "yes" on Proposal 1, which asks voters whether to keep in place the law that allows the state to appoint managers for municipalities and school districts deemed to be in fiscal emergencies.

— "You can't say there's not enough money for police and fire protection, then go build a bridge," said Porsha Wilburn, 29, of Lansing, who voted "no" on all of the Michigan ballot proposals except for Proposal 6, which calls for changing the constitution to require a statewide vote on plans for any new international crossing.

— "I don't have a problem amending the constitution if it's for the betterment of all the people. But Matty Moroun's monopoly has got to end," said Frank Yoakam, 38, a general contractor who said he voted in Grosse Pointe Woods against Proposal 6.

— "That's just a joke. It's Matty Moroun trying to keep his monopoly going," said Russell Connolly, 53, a tool-and-die worker who voted "no" on Proposal 6 at Garfield Elementary in Livonia.

— "I just don't want to amend the constitution," said Sue Norton, a 53-year-old nurse from Canton Township who voted "yes" on Proposal 1 and "no" on the other five statewide ballot proposals.

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