Lansing general election live coverage


It’s election day! In-person voting has started and will continue until 8 p.m. today, November 2.

Lansing voters will choose between two mayoral candidates and eight candidates vying for four seats on Lansing city council. Hear them in their own words at the links below, and come back for live updates throughout the day, right here on

Remember: all votes (in person and by mail) must be cast before 8 p.m. today for the 2021 general election.

Know the candidates, FAQ

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET on November 2, 2021

LSJ staff compiled the responses to questionnaires for the ten candidates running for Mayor of Lansing and Lansing City Council. Read what they had to say in their own words, listen to them in video clips, and learn about their positions on key issues before voting.

READ MORE:Everything you need to know about the 2021 general election in Lansing

Scroll down to the bottom of the file for an FAQ … not sure where to vote? Is it too late to vote absent? Etc. Answers to your questions by clicking here.

– Matt Hund, LSJ Engagement Editor

Young people, get out there and vote

Updated at 12 p.m. ET on November 2, 2021

Historically, young people between the ages of 18 and 34 represent a very small percentage of the voting population. Nationally, 57% of this population voted in the 2020 elections, up from 49% in 2016, according to the Census Bureau

Marty Jordan, a professor of political science at the State of Michigan, wrote that less than 20% of 18-29 year olds vote in local elections, even though local and state policies are the ones that affect young people the most.

READ MORE: Youth votes matter, so does securing policies important to Gen Z

For youth and students in Lansing, Michigan law allows you to vote here rather than visiting your hometown on a Tuesday during the semester.

RELATED: Far from home during the Michigan election? Here’s how to vote in your college town.

– Sophia Lada, LSJ press assistant

A slow start to in-person voter turnout

Updated at 11:30 a.m.ET on November 2, 2021

“I wish more people would vote in this election,” said Emily Miller from Lansing after voting at Willow School in north Lansing. She was the 25th voter at 10:30 a.m.

– Matthew Dae Smith, LSJ Photographer / Videographer

Four candidates for the city council in general, who are they?

Updated at 11 a.m.ET on November 2, 2021

Four candidates are running for two large-scale open seats on the Lansing City Council. Peter Spadafore, in his fourth year on city council, is running for re-election. Jeffrey Brown, Claretta Duckett-Freeman and Rachel Willis are running for their first term.

Learn more about the candidates in their own words here. And watch the video below to hear them tackle the top issues facing the city, including support for small businesses, racial equity and more.

Although all of the candidates have expressed plans to improve the city, they have different approaches to doing so. Watch the video clip now by clicking here.

– Sophia Lada, LSJ press assistant

Don’t know where to vote? Visit

Updated at 10:30 a.m.ET on November 2, 2021

Voting locations, voter information and more available at

Mayoral candidates speak out

Updated at 10 a.m.ET on November 2, 2021

Mayoral candidates Andy Schor and Kathie Dunbar have a lot to say about solutions to key issues facing Lansing. They agree on some ideas, but have very different opinions on others.

This video discusses some of these ideas such as racial fairness, attracting or supporting small business, and policing priorities in Lansing City.

Watch the video clip now.

– Sophia Lada, LSJ press assistant

Schor vs. Dunbar in the race for mayor

Updated at 9:30 a.m. ET on November 2, 2021

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor is running for re-election for his second term as Mayor of Lansing. Challenger Kathie Dunbar served on Lansing City Council for four terms, or 16 years.

The race for mayor of Lansing is not about experience or qualification, but about leadership.

Read the full story here.

READ MORE:What you need to know about the mayoral candidates of Lansing Schor and Dunbar

– Elena Durnbaugh, City of LSJ reporter

The polls are open, are you ready to vote?

Updated at 8:00 a.m.ET on November 2, 2021

The 2021 general election takes place today, November 2, and the ballot shows the office of the mayor of Lansing and four seats on the Lansing City Council.  Check back for live updates throughout the day on

In-person voting in the Lansing general election is now underway. On today’s ballot are the Lansing Mayor’s Office – where longtime city councilor Kathie Dunbar challenges incumbent Andy Schor – as well as four open seats on Lansing City Council.

Learn about candidate positions and responses to key issues facing the city at the links below, and help get ready to vote.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS:Lansing mayoral candidates and city council address key issues facing city

– Matt Hund, LSJ Engagement Editor

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The Lansing State Journal staff who contributed to this report are: City reporter Elena Durnbaugh, photographer / videographer Matthew Dae Smith, Press Assistant Sophia Lada, Press Assistant Jordan Nelson and Editor-in-Chief Matt Hund.

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