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Politics & Government

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.

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