Election Day: Ballot shortages, big win for Farmington Hills millage

Despite ballot shortages and long lines at the polls, voters in Farmington Hills on Tuesday showed strong support for a parks and recreation millage renewal.

Nearly 78 percent approved the .4781 mill request, which will fund staffing, parks and facilities maintenance, along with existing and future recreation programs. The 10-year millage received a similar level of support in 2009.

More than three-quarters of voters in Farmington and Farmington Hills supported renewal of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) millage, which received early support across Oakland County. The renewal was also on Macomb and Wayne County ballots.

Republican Mitch Swoboda of Farmington Hills won his primary and will vie with Democrat Christine Greig, also of Farmington Hills, for the 37th District Michigan House seat, representing Farmington and Farmington Hills.

Farmington Democrat William Miller won the Oakland County Commission 14th District primary with 64 percent of the vote. He’ll face off in November against Farmington Republican Bill Galvin, who did not have a primary opponent. The district represents all of Farmington and Farmington Hills precincts 1-4, and 7-26.

While all Farmington and Farmington Hills votes were counted by 11 p.m. Tuesday, reporting was incomplete in West Bloomfield, Commerce, Independence, and Waterford Townships, Novi, Southfield, Royal Oak, and Troy. Unofficial election results for all races are posted at oakgov.com.

In both Farmington and Farmington Hills, city clerks delivered additional ballots to a number of precincts during the afternoon and evening hours. Some polling places in Farmington Hills remained open until well after 8 p.m. to allow those standing in line to cast their ballots. In some cases, voters used touch-screen machines intended for those with disabilities.

Ballot shortages occurred all across Oakland County. County Clerk Lisa Brown told news outlets that voter turnout was much larger than expected, hitting 80 percent in some precincts.

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