Michigan asks high court to halt straight-party vote ruling

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene so a new ban on straight-party voting can take effect for the November election.

The emergency request filed Friday says a federal district judge and the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrongly blocked the law when “all Michigan has done is adopt an approach that 40 other states already follow.”

The ban would prevent voters from supporting all candidates from one party with a single mark.

Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette says a response from the justices is needed by next Thursday so election officials can start printing ballots.

The lower courts ruled that the GOP-sponsored law — which is opposed by Democrats — would disproportionately burden black voters by creating longer lines.

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3 comments

    • steve

      Yes, there is. Straight party line voting encourages people to vote irresponsibly by voting for a party label and not the individual. There’s no way in hell that every Republican or every Democrat on the ballot is the best choice for any particular office.every time an election rolls around and if standing longer in line to vote, which I’ve done many times, is too big a price for people to pay, maybe they shouldn’t be exercising that privilege to begin with.

      • Russell Kuespert

        To each his own. You are able to split your ticket as well as every body else..The right to vote a straight ticket is also a choice that still allows a split ticket if that is what an individual wants to do. That is the freedom of choice. You do your thing and others will do theirs. It is the right of the freedom to choose that matters. Tickets of all the political parties are subjected to the same rights.