Judge: Michigan lawmakers can be questioned about straight-party voting ban

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge says some Michigan lawmakers must sit for interviews about a law that bans straight-party voting.

The questions will be limited to what they might have said about their motives to people outside their offices. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mona Majzoub says communications between lawmakers and their staff are protected.

The depositions are part of a lawsuit. Straight-party voting means making a single mark on a ballot to pick candidates of one party. Critics of the ban say it violates the rights of black voters in urban areas who typically vote for Democrats.

A judge suspended the law in 2016, but the litigation is ongoing.

Majzoub’s decision affects Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof; Sen. Marty Knollenberg; Sen. David Robertson; Rep. Michael McCready; and former Rep. Lisa Lyons.

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4 comments

  • Clucko

    The blacks who are ‘discriminated’ against if straight line voting is prohibited ought to be upset. It’s making a statement that blacks are too stupid or lazy to fill out an entire ballot. I have never been able to understand why blacks are any less capable than any other group of filling out a full ballot because they are.

  • Michael

    You should be educated enough to vote for the right person in each position. Sometime it’s a Republican and sometimes it’s a Democrat. They aren’t the best just because of their party flag.

    I’d prefer a ballot that didn’t list the party at all. Make people actually do their research on who to vote for.

  • NativeOfMichigan

    Arlan, Arlan, chief clown around,
    Where did his conscience go?
    Flushed into a sewer underground,
    Because he has lost his soul.