The deadline is closing in to finalize Michigan’s election ballot. There’s still a legal battle playing out over whether straight-ticket voting will be allowed on Election Day.
The deadline to finalize ballots is a week away, and a federal appeals court refused a request by Attorney General Bill Schuette to review earlier decisions that blocked a Republican-adopted ban on straight ticket voting. Continue reading
State Republican leaders were hoping to hear by today (Wed.) whether a federal appeals court would review Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting.
Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law that eliminates the option of voting a straight-party ballot on Election Day.
Michigan was one of 10 states that allows straight-ticket voting with one mark on the ballot. Democrats opposed the bill. They say getting rid of the straight-ticket option will discourage some people from voting, and will lead to longer lines on Election Day.
Local clerks panned an effort to end straight-ticket voting in Michigan at a state House hearing today.
State lawmakers could make big changes to voting laws before the end of the year.