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Politics & Government

The battle over straight-ticket voting will rage on, political consultant says

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Ken Sikkema told us he was surprised by the "blatant and overt political rationale" U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain gave for blocking the straight party voting ban.

You can vote a straight ticket ballot in November. Maybe.

A federal judge is blocking the Michigan law that banned straight party voting. 

But, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will appeal the decision, probably early next week.

The U.S. District Judge who's blocking the law, Gershwin Drain, wrote an opinion which indicated this would present a disproportionate burden on African American's right to vote. 

Ken Sikkema joined us today to give us some background on the law that banned straight-ticket voting in Michigan, and whether he thinks Judge Drain's block will stand.

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Ken Sikkema is a senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants.

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