Straight Party Ticket Voting Upheld In Court Decision

DETROIT (WWJ) – Michigan residents will have the option to vote by straight party ticket this election after a court decision Thursday.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request to uphold the ban against the straight party ticket voting, agreeing with a lower court that it is unconstitutional because it disproportionately affects African Americans.

Attorney Mark Brewer represented the plaintiffs in the case.

“We argued that not only did this harm the right to vote of all voters because they are going to be subjected to longer lines – but it will particularly harm African American voters in violation of the voting rights — and the courts have agreed with us,” says Brewer.

“We have one of the longest ballots in the country, we have some of the longest lines in the country, and so that makes the ability to vote straight party all the more important and if it’s taken away from the millions of voters, who would otherwise use it, our guys end up standing in line,” says Brewer.

Opponents, mostly Republicans, say the practice is a tool of party politics because most who vote “straight party” are Democrats.

No word yet on whether the Attorney General’s office will file an appeal with the US Supreme Court.

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  1. No one should vote for anyone because of their party, you should take time to study each candidate and vote for those who have proven to work for we the people, not the party they belong too, no wonder this country is going down the tubes, it’s take the easy way out instead of the correct way, seems this is what was taught to the millenials.

  2. Carl Nesbitt says:

    William has said it all. Read the voters pamphlet before going to the polls. Read the ballot and mark your choices. If you have long lines then certify more polling locations. People aren’t stupid.

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