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MichMash: Check Your Ballot Before You Wreck Your Ballot [VIDEO]

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Learn about the candidates and issues you’ll see on your August 7 primary ballot here.

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The August 7 primary elections are just a couple of weeks away. That means candidates are ramping up their efforts to get their names and messages out to voters.

But does that mean voters are actually aware of who and what they’ll be voting on in the primaries?

As part of their weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth hit the streets to see if people can name any of the candidates for governor — or pronounce any of their names.

Click on the audio player above to hear people’s (often hilarious) answers, and listen to Neher and Roth’s conversation about the governor’s race.

This comes almost exactly a year after Neher and Roth did a similar (unscientific) experiment. You can listen to that here, and hear the difference a year makes in terms of candidate name recognition.

Neher and Roth offer this piece of advice: “Do your homework now!”

Click here to see which candidates and questions will be on your ballot in August.

And, when it comes to doing research on the candidates for governor, we’ve made it very easy for you to do just that.

WDET and our Detroit Journalism Cooperative partners have interviewed six of the seven Democratic and Republican candidates for governor. You can check out those interviews here and get more information on the candidates below.




Jake Neher, Producer, Detroit Today

Jake Neher is a producer and reporter for Detroit Today. He has formerly reported on the Michigan legislature.

Jake.Neher@wdet.org Follow @GJNeher

Cheyna Roth, Reporter

Cheyna has interned with Michigan Radio and freelanced for WKAR public radio in Lansing. She’s also done some online freelancing and worked on documentary films.

CRoth@MPRN.org Follow @Cheyna_R

Detroit Journalism Cooperative

This post is a part of Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

The DJC is a partnership of six media outlets focused on telling critical stories of Detroit and creating engagement opportunities on-air, online and in the community. View the partners work at detroitjournalism.org.

Support for this project comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism’s Michigan Reporting Initiative and the Ford Foundation.



 2018 Elections in Michigan

This post is a part of 2018 Elections in Michigan.

On November 6, Michigan voters will decide who will be the state's new governor, attorney general and secretary of state. Some state House and Senate seats are up for grabs, and numerous initiatives are expected on ballots.

WDET is committed to providing honest, fair, inclusive coverage of Michigan's 2018 elections. Join us now and all the way to the voting booth to be an informed voter.



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Each week, WDET's Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio's Cheyna Roth un-jumble Michigan issues and talk about how statewide news stories affect you. 

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