Wyandotte City Clerk Isn't Happy with Tuesday's Election

William Griggs said he believes the presidential primary election is a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Wyandotte City Clerk William Griggs said he'll administer with the same professionalism as he has every other election he's overseen.

But he isn't happy about it.

Griggs contends that Tuesday's election is a waste of taxpayer's dollars, to the tune of $10 million.

"Had the Republicans held a caucus, this election would not have been necessary," he said. "It's going to cost $10 million statewide to put on this election. I can think of better things this state could do with $10 million."

While Democrats can cast a vote for either Barack Obama or "uncommitted" on the Democratic ticket, Griggs said, it's the Republicans who forced this election to be held, rather than choosing their presidential candidate privately at a caucus.

"I don’t think the Republicans are as organized at the grassroots level as the Democrats are, in terms of actually putting on a caucus," he said. "I'm probably going to take some flack for saying that, but it's what I believe. ...

"They should have taken it upon themselves to better utilize the public's money. I think it's shameful that they decided to do this."

With that said, however, Griggs is ready to tackle the election head-on.

"It's my job to follow the rules and regulations of the state's election law and that's what I'll do," he said.

Sam123 March 04, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Michelle Dainus March 04, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Actually Mariette, it's a Michigan state law. Public Act 52, makes your voting affiliation for the primaries public record. I agree with you that it is invasive, but the people in the Michigan House and Senate do not. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/MichPresPrimRefGuide_20863_7.pdf
Sam123 March 04, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Public record and announced publicly are two different things.
Sam123 March 10, 2012 at 06:39 PM
They are busy working on a crown for him now
Rich Schwochow March 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM
AND, the crown will be paid for by us taxpayers.


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