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Court Rules Against Straight Ticket Voting

Sep 07, 2018

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the option for straight ticket voting cannot be on Michigan’s general election ballot this November. By a vote of 2-1, the Judges granted a request by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to stay the ruling of the U.S. District Court which found Michigan’s law banning straight ticket voting to be unconstitutional. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling doesn’t overturn the prior ruling by the U.S. District Court. It is unknown at this time if those in favor of straight ticket voting will take further legal action to keep it as an option on Michigan’s ballot.

Currently nine states have some form of straight ticket voting, however, Texas’ elimination doesn’t go into effect until 2020.

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