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.

Mark Bottenhorn February 28, 2012 at 08:10 PM
With all the money Obama has wasted you are going to start worrying about a measly $10 Million. I just don't get it and probably never will. Wake up America!
Diana Jackson February 28, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Very good point Mark...and to Sue...stop the name calling "Repugs"? Grow up
Diana Jackson February 28, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Very good point Ji,...I agree and already have voted...
Kyle Ford February 28, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I understand Griggs point. IMO opinion, the real waste is the campaigning, the "donations" and politicians passing legislation to "pay back" the big contributors, so they get the money again on the next election cycle and the vicious cycle continues on and on and on....
Lori February 28, 2012 at 08:25 PM
So our opinion doesn't matter now? What happened with the freedom to vote? Just another thing for people to complain about....
Sam123 February 28, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Wow, Wyandotte City Clerk says it is a waste of money to hold elections? That instills confidence. Say, didn't the Democrats mess around with the 2008 primary in Michigan? The moved the date up and the the DNC says your vote doesn't count because you violated our rules? Nobody even came to the state except Kucinich but we held the election anyway. Now THAT was a responsible use of tax dollars, huh?
Sam123 February 28, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Could have had President Hillary Clinton if MI didn't mess around back then.
Mark Bottenhorn February 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Sam123 great point here. Funny how time makes people forget things.
Michelle Dainus February 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Hey guys, if you bothered to read the article, or pay any attention to politics you would understand why Griggs thinks its a waste of time. The primaries cost the taxpayers (that would be you) money. If the party holds a caucus, it is done with party funds. They both have the same results.
Sam123 February 29, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Michelle, do I get to vote in a caucus?
Jim Rutkowski February 29, 2012 at 02:25 AM
What would truly be a waste of money would be for the Dems to hold a primary when the only person of any relevanceon the ballot is Obama! I want my vote to count. What would people say if we switched the R and the D after each person's name?
Mark Bottenhorn February 29, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Why worry about 10 Million when they have wasted a Trillion.I guess that is ok though. Some of you guys are doing Voodoo math I guess. Get with the program.
Diana Jackson February 29, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Mark, Sam, Jim, Lori... you all are aware...the others are just not in touch...Griggs included.....Glad to know that I am not alone in this area.........
Jim Rutkowski February 29, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Thank you Diana. Sanity is alive and well. I will sleep comfortably tonight.
Crew February 29, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Talk about missing the point. Several of you are just refusing to see the truth that this primary was nothing short of a complete waste of money. The low voter turnout and general apathy are evidence of that. I understand people wanting their voice to be heard but if you are truly a republican than you should have enough faith in your party to decide the proper candidate at a caucus and not in a primary where only 15 to 20 percent of registered voters even participate. I don't think Mr. Griggs is by ANY means espousing the loss of your rights as voters and that he is simply making the EXTREMELY valid point that this primary election was unnecessary and an absolute waste of money on the grandest scale. And I don't want to hear the "Dems waste money too" argument because it's a moot point. My comment isn't based on party lines or my political views, it's based on the fact that we ALL lose here, and with the current economic conditions in Michigan I think it's a travesty of epic proportions to see finances flushed down the toilet like they were yesterday.
Mark Bottenhorn February 29, 2012 at 07:34 PM
There is much more waste than this primary election. Take a look around you and read the news and you will see unless you have blinders on. We need to stop the needless spending including this election. My point is what is 10 million when you have wasted a trillion. Also crew how come there was no complaining when there was a Democratic primary in the 2008 election that wasted a lot of money. Hypocrites is the word that comes to mind. Again as I mentioned in an earlier post, time makes people forget things. Isn't it a classic how people forget and how they think for that fact. Oh Boy!
Richard Miller March 01, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Wyandotte Democrats.....the only Vote that counts for the Democratic Delegates to the August Convention will be held at the Copeland Center at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 5, 2012. (Breakfast served from 8:30 am to 10:30 am) This is the only vote that will be considered by the party, NOT the Tuesday voting. This was an election voted for in Lansing, and held for the State Republican Party.. Whether it is only $10 million, that amount could have been used to hire a few more Police officers in Michigan. This comes out of Michigan's budget not the Federal budget and Obama has nothing to do with this States decisions on spending it's money. The republicans in this State gave all the our Michigan cities statutory revenue sharing to big business for a tax cut, to the tune of 1.8 Billion dollars, and left all Michigan cities in dire shape, including Lincoln Park. Then they spend 10 million dollars on this election. They should of had caucuses like us Democrats and paid for them themselves like the Michigan Democratic Party is doing May 5th. There is NO valid argument here that this money was not WASTED.....simply a no brainer!
Mark Bottenhorn March 01, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Did the Democratic Party pay for the primary it held for the 2008 election year? Stop with the nonsense. If you read above I am not for the spending of the 10 million either. Money is being wasted at ALL levels of government and that is my point. The state has money they just choose to waste in on a lot of nonsense. Stop the needless spending and use it for only the necessary things. Next thing you know we will be wasting money on the trees that are to be put in the middle of Fort street at the completion of the construction project. What is the projected cost for those? Are they necessary? C'Mon Man!
Diana Jackson March 01, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Mark you are absolutely right in every post. I am with you all the way...Thanks...
Michelle Dainus March 01, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Sam, anyone who wishes to vote in the Democrats caucus is welcome, even if you voted in the Republican primary.
Jeff Yoscovits March 02, 2012 at 02:51 AM
You people against this primary probably also feel we should just annoint Obama to another term and forget about the November election, too. I personally feel that all campaigning for presidential elections should be limited to 6 months total. # months for primaries and 3 months for general election. That and caps on fundraising that level the playing field.
Sam123 March 02, 2012 at 02:57 AM
IMO opinion? What does that mean?
Sam123 March 02, 2012 at 03:02 AM
So I get to just show up at the polls before I drop the kids off at school or after work on the way home and vote? Wow, that's easy.
Sam123 March 02, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Yup, the Republicans should have held a caucus like the Democrats did in 2008. Oh wait, nevermind.
Mariette Herrick March 02, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I was shocked that at the Copeland Center the polling official calls out loud your party affiliation when handing out the ballots. Loudly saying "R" or "D" for all to hear. I was standing in a line of approximately 10 or so people and instantly knew each person's stance. I think this is wrong, unprofessional and an invasion of my personal privacy, and I would think this has to be against standard voting procedures. Please confirm. Thank you!
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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