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Straight-ticket voting will not be an option on the November ballot

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

Michigan voters will not be able to fill in just one bubble for an entire party in the November election.

A group has been fighting to put straight-ticket voting on this year’s general election ballot. That’s after the Legislature banned the practice several years ago.

A U.S. District Court judge lifted the ban. He said it intentionally discriminates against African-American voters. But the state appealed and won.

In an 11th hour attempt to restore straight ticket voting – the group in support of the method filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. But the highest court in the nation decided to not get involved.

Fred Woodhams is a spokesperson for the Secretary of State. 

“We’re defending state law. The state law via the Legislature has said that they wanted to have people vote on the person and not the party," he said.

Straight-ticket voting could still come back to Michigan. There will be a proposal on the ballot that includes giving voters the choice for straight-ticket voting in the future.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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