Proos: Michigan voters must have a voice in presidential elections

LANSING – After the Michigan Senate affirmed Thursday that the state’s regularly scheduled election date of Feb. 28 will be the day of the 2012 presidential primary and will be earlier than many other states’ March 6 primaries, state Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement:

“Having the primary on the scheduled election date in Michigan is a beneficial move. The process of holding elections is the backbone of our democratic government, and this decision will give Michigan voters a voice in the most cost-effective manner possible.

“Funds for this regularly-scheduled election have already been budgeted, and taxpayers will not incur additional costs.

“Michigan voters should have a say in the important job of picking the nominees for the nation’s highest office – regardless of party.  If we were to hold the election in March, behind several other states, our voice would have less of an impact on the outcome.

“The bottom line is that holding a February presidential primary will help ensure that the issues important to Southwest Michigan families and job providers are heard and considered when the presidential nominee is chosen.”