Straight-Ticket Voting Likely Upheld for November Election

Come November, Michiganders will be able to continue voting straight-ticket on their election ballots.

Earlier this year, the Michigan Legislature passed a law banning straight-ticket voting. However, in mid-August a federal judge placed an injunction against the law saying that it unjustly targeted black citizens.

Photo by Becky McCray.
It was announced today that Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s attempted appeal of the injunction will not be heard by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and will instead be reverted back to the initial three-judge panel that refused to lift the injunction—making it likely that straight-party voting will remain on the ballot.

Critics of the ban say that the Republican-controlled legislature is targeting minority voters who show up at presidential election booths to check one box, while supporters say that Michigan needs to join the 40 other states that have banned the voting practice in order to prompt citizens to place more careful consideration into lower-profile and local election races.

The 2016 presidential election will be held on Tuesday, November 8.


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