Michigan ban on ballot selfies will stand during election

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A voter casts her ballot for the Michigan presidential primary at a polling station in Warren, Michigan, March 8, 2016. US voters cast ballots in White House primaries in Michigan and Mississippi Tuesday, with Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton favored to win their parties' latest tests of strength. / AFP / Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

DETROIT (AP) — The fight over selfies at Michigan voting booths appears to be over for now.

A federal appeals court said Thursday it won’t revisit the decision of one of its three-judge panels.

A federal judge in Grand Rapids had signed an injunction suspending Michigan’s ban on ballot photos. But in a 2-1 decision, the order was set aside by the appeals court last week.

The challenge to Michigan’s ban isn’t dead. But the lawsuit by Joel Crookston of Portage won’t be fully litigated until after the election.

Crookston argues that the ban on photos violates the First Amendment. The state says voters are free to declare their political preferences to the world — if they do it away from a polling place. The state says it’s trying to avoid “chaos.”

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